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Woman who stole from doctor must pay back $181,185

By Sheryl Marsh ∑ 340-2437

A former Decatur woman pleaded guilty to stealing thousands from a doctor's office, but before she did so, she got a job at another medical office.

Sabrina Chasteen Stover, 50, of Fairhope pleaded guilty in Morgan County Circuit Court to first-degree theft and identity theft for stealing cash and checks from Dr. Roger Moss, according to court records.

Circuit Judge Steve Haddock sentenced Stover to four years in prison but suspended the sentence and placed her on supervised probation for five years.

Also, Haddock ordered her to pay $181,185.16 in restitution to Dr. Moss.

Stover's legal troubles are not over. Personnel in Dr. Moss' office said the physician has a civil lawsuit pending against Stover.

Stover began working for Moss in 1998.

Police arrested her for theft Aug. 10, 2006, records show.

In addition to stealing cash, police said, Stover used Mossí credit card and obtained others in his name.

She had the cards and statements from the cards come to a post office box, according to reports.

Moss suspected that someone was stealing from his practice and got a forensic accounting firm to audit his financial records, authorities said. Accountants contacted police after they found numerous discrepancies in the records. Decatur police detectives and federal postal authorities became involved to build the case against Stover.

Police said they subpoenaed all bank records in Stoverís and her husbandís names and anyone affiliated with her. They also evaluated her assets, including her home and other property.

Authorities said Stover did not make any big-ticket purchases, but she did take a couple of vacations.

Court records show that Stover went to work for Dr. William Wilson after she left Mossí office. Later, she moved and now works for Eastern Shore Medical Specialists.

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