Ex-Kearny medical receptionist gets 34 months in jail for embezzling $446k

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A former Kearny medical receptionist was sentenced to nearly three years in jail today after pleading guilty to embezzling over $446,000 from her old employer back in October, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Gwendolyn Muller, 53, formerly of Kearny, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to one count each of embezzlement, credit card fraud and tax evasion. Judge Martini imposed the 34-month sentence today in Newark federal court.

From 2007 through 2011, Muller used her position at the medical practice to take cash and conceal more than $446,000 in checks paid by insurance companies to the medical practice for services to patients, officials said.

At various times during this same period, Muller also fraudulently obtained 10 credit cards in the name of a principal of the medical practice and used those cards to charge more than $218,000 in goods and services—a portion of which Muller paid for with embezzled funds, authorities said.

Muller also admitted to filing a false tax return to evade the payment of taxes on this illegally obtained income, according to court documents.

In addition to the prison term, Martini sentenced Muller to three years of supervised release and ordered her to pay restitution of $556,000.