A long-time office manager at an orthodontics practice in Galloway has been indicted for allegedly taking payments from patients for her own personal use.

49-year-old Suzanne Conover of Brigantine is facing one count of second-degree theft by failure to make required disposition.

She was indicted by an Atlantic County Grand Jury on Wednesday.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office says an Investigation into the theft arose when an office assistant at Giegerich Orthodontics in Galloway Township noticed discrepancies in a patient’s billing file.

The head of the practice then notified law enforcement who began a criminal investigation.

Authorities say Conover took cash payments from patients and masked the fact by reflecting either a credit card or check payment in the ledger. She would then deposit the cash into her personal account, primarily at a local ATM during the workday.

Conover, who worked at that practice for about a decade, is estimated to have stolen $109,000 in total over the course of six years, according to officials.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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