Dental Embezzlement News
Issue #14 -- August 2013
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Upcoming Presentations
Here are some of the places you can hear us speak soon:
Savannah Dental Society, Savannah GA Sept 20, 2013
Western District Dental Society, Columbus GA Sept 26 2013
The DBS Companies, Troy, MI Oct 11, 2013
Nassau County Dental Society, Long Island NY Oct 25, 2013
Metropolitan Atlanta Study Group Oct 8 2013
American Association of Orthodontists Webinar Dec 4 and 10 2013
Arizona Orthodontists' Study Club Jan 13, 2014
Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, Atlanta GA Mar 27, 2014
Star Of The North Meeting, St. Paul MN Apr 2014
TopsOrtho Software Topsfest, Tucson, AZ Mar 1 2014
Western Regional Dental Convention, Phoenix AZ Apr 3-5, 2014
Southern Association of Orthodontists, Nassau Bahamas Oct 2014
Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, Anaheim CA Oct 5, 2014
To book a fantastic speaker for your meeting, please call us at 888-398-2327 or send email to
Read about us...
David Harris interviewed by here.
See Dr. Mike DiTolla's interview with Prosperident CEO David Harris in Glidewell Labs' Chairside Magazine
Embezzlement -- it can happen in your practice

A Promotion

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Clifford from Intermediate Analyst to Senior Investigator effective August 15, 2013.  Scott is a relatively new addition to our team, but brings with him previous dental embezzlement investigation experience, and has demonstrated the ability to tackle complicated embezzlement matters.  Congratulations, Scott, from all of us at Prosperident!
I've heard that if I suspect embezzlement, stealth is important.  Why?
When an embezzler thinks that he or she is about to be discovered (and possibly go to jail, have their friends read about them in the newspaper, have their spouse find out about their illegal activities etc.), their thoughts turn to self-preservation.  This is a very strong emotion, and anyone who has ever taken lifeguarding training is well aware of the danger of getting too close to someone who believes that they are in danger.
We have seen many instances of destroyed hard drives, missing backup media and in a couple of extreme cases, arson and murder committed by dental office embezzlers attempting to cover their tracks.
Although such efforts normally end badly for the embezzler, the dangers they pose for dentists are considerable.   When we say that embezzlement is a job for professionals, this is one of the reasons why.  Prosperident has expended considerable effort perfecting the ability to conduct stealthy investigations to protect you from these issues.
If you want to discuss your situation in confidence, we are happy to speak with you.  You can call us at 888-398-2327 , or send email to our embezzlement hotline which is checked daily by our on-duty investigator at   We will normally respond within 24 hours.
A Note From Our CEO:
As I predicted in our last newsletter, summer has been a busy time at Prosperident.
Our investigative caseload has been a bit heavier than I expected, and we continue to work behind the scenes in a hundred different big and small ways to make our investigations better and more efficient.  Our group of talented investigators continues to improve their skills.  Whether it's learning their own software or working on their professional qualifications such as their Certified Fraud Examiner designation, all of our investigators are in a process of continual learning.
We're also in the process of updating our website.  One of the big motivations for this is to properly recognize our valued strategic partners.  We are privileged to work with some outstanding people who serve the dental community.  Practice management consultants, HR experts, lenders, practice brokers, investment advisors and many others who work with dentists fulfil two key roles.  They serve as resources for our clients and us, and, when they spot activity that looks like it might be symptomatic of embezzlement, are quick to consult or refer their client to us.  We'd like to introduce you to some of these excellent resources, and will be doing so in the next few months through our web site.
I'm also pleased to announce the launch of something we have been working on for a while, the Dental Embezzlement Institute (DEI).  The purpose of the DEI is to allow the professionals who work in this field (in other words Prosperident and its competition) to collaborate in the study of embezzlement and to raise the level of awareness among dentists and their advisors.  Prosperident will provide initial funding for this initiative; how far the DEI ultimately goes will depend on the willingness of people in the business of investigating dental embezzlement to participate and contribute.  Look for more information on the DEI over the next several months.
It's become a bit of a tradition in this newsletter that I urge our readers to obtain (if you haven't done so yet) and regularly complete our free Embezzlement Risk Assessment Questionnaire.  If you are one of those delinquents who hasn't done this, just send a slightly sheepish email to us (at, and we'll be happy to help you out.
Thanks as always for reading.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!


David Harris, CFE
Chief Executive Officer
Prosperident -- The world's largest dental investigation embezzlement firm