Roxanne Tubolino of Belchertown pleads guilty to embezzling $1,562,206 from Northampton Internal Medicine Associates

Last modified: Friday, January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Belchertown woman pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the Northampton medical practice where she formerly worked as an office manager.

Roxanne Tubolino, 56, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and six counts of tax evasion. Maximum sentences on all seven charges total 50 years in prison. Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for April 16.

According to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Tubolino worked at Northampton Internal Medicine Associates from 2008 through Sept. 11, 2013. Tubolino embezzled $1,562,206 by writing checks from the medical practice’s corporate account to pay her personal credit cards issued by American Express, Bank of America, Chase and Barclays, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. She concealed the thefts by entering the checks into the medical practice’s financial records as business expenses, prosecutors reported.

Tubolino also filed tax returns for 2008 through 2013 in which she did not report any of the income she received from the embezzlement, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The wire fraud charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The maximum penalty for each charge of tax evasion is five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

Actual sentences for federal crimes are usually less than the maximum penalties, the U.S. attorney’s office reported.


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