NEW PORT RICHEY — The former office manager of Babies and Beyond Pediatrics was arrested Monday on charges he pocketed nearly $63,000 from the practice.
Robert Stopler, 46, obtained the money by forging checks and charging personal items to the office credit card, according to a report by New Port Richey police.
Stopler, who worked at the practice from July 2008 to July 2009, went through receipts with a police officer and admitted to receiving $31,299 in goods, the report said. He said some items were work-related, and others were bought with his boss' permission, with the understanding he "was supposed to pay it back as he could," the report said.
But officials at Dr. Russell Bain's practice, which has offices in Trinity and Spring Hill, produced receipts totaling $62,989 and said Stopler did not have permission to use that money.
"Defendant did express shock when I advised him of the total amount of value of items and monies he obtained, stating he did not realize it was that much," the officer wrote in his report.
Stopler, of 8501 Berkley Road in Hudson, was charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Monday in lieu of $60,000 bail.