By Beth Brelje
Pocono Record Writer
ORANGE COUNTY, NY- A Dingmans Ferry woman was arrested after a year-long investigation by the Orange County, N.Y., Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Postal Inspector and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Beverly Golembewski, 51, was charged in federal court Thursday, Dec. 5, with wire fraud after stealing checks worth more than $65,000 from a local hospital, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Court papers say Golembewski worked at a hospital’s billing office in Warwick, N.Y., and that between at least September 2009 and July 2012, she used an ATM machine to deposit checks payable to other people into her personal account.
She had been employed at the hospital since 2000 as an administrative clerk.
The name of the hospital was sealed by the court but court papers describe it as part of a larger, multi-state chain of health care facilities. The hospital processes payments to vendors and financial reimbursements to patients on behalf of several health care groups, including the hospital itself.
St. Anthony Community Hospital, the only hospital in Warwick, N.Y., is a 73-bed facility that is part of the Bon Secours Charity Health System. The hospital did not return a call Monday.
Through her work, Golembewski had access to checks intended for mailing on behalf of the hospital or the health care group to patients, as well as checks written by others, payable to the hospital and health care group.
She arranged for her paycheck to be deposited directly into a personal account at a bank in Port Jervis. The name of the bank is not disclosed in court papers.
More than 130 checks that did not list Golembewski as the payee were deposited into her account through the ATM machine, according to officials.
Instead, each check listed the hospital or the health care group as the payor or the payee. On the back of the checks, the endorsements included the name of the payee on the check and what appears to be Golembewski’s signature, court papers say.
An example of a transaction included in the court papers described a check for $2,708 written to the hospital from a health care firm in Connecticut. Photographs taken at ATMs show Golembewski depositing the checks.
Golembewski was arraigned and released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. As a condition of her release, she is restricted from financial or accounting duties at her place of employment.