Physician sues former workers

A mother-daughter team embezzled funds from a Palo Alto physician, using some of them to purchase a home in Los Altos Hills, according to a recently filed lawsuit.
A mother-daughter team embezzled funds from a Palo Alto physician, using some of them to purchase a home in Los Altos Hills, according to a recently filed lawsuit. <br/> <br/>Dr. Joanne Blessing-Moore, an allergist and immunologist with offices on Welsh Road, hired Virginia Reyes in July 2000 as a front desk manager and later promoted her to general manager of the small medical practice, according to the suit filed Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. A year later, her daughter, Christine Reyes, was hired on as a part-time medical assistant. <br/> <br/>The Reyeses embezzled at least $522,695, starting in 2003, according to the suit. As general manager, Virginia was in charge of issuing checks, paying bills and other fiscal responsibilities. <br/> <br/>They are accused of writing checks to themselves; keeping cash from patients intended to pay for services; purchasing limousine services on the physician's bank account; and giving themselves unauthorized raises. They are also accused of writing checks to a business they shared called Flowers in Motion. <br/> <br/>Some of the embezzled funds were used to buy or pay for property, according to the suit. Alfredo Reyes, Virginia's husband, owns a Los Altos Hills home on Robleda Road, according to a Santa Clara County grant deed from December 2005. Christine's boyfriend Danny Nasir also lived at the residence, county records show. <br/> <br/>The Reyeses were able to hide their crimes by not paying taxes, making delayed credit card payments and providing personal cell phone numbers as office contact numbers, the suit alleges. "It (was) difficult for Dr. Blessing-Moore to follow or be involved with business issues," according to the suit. <br/> <br/>The physician's mail was allegedly monitored and staff was asked to hide it. Blessing-Moore discovered the missing funds in August. <br/> <br/>She is accusing the Reyeses of fraud, conspiracy to defraud, unjust enrichment, and breach of duty and loyalty. The suit also seeks to hold their home "in constructive trust for Dr. Blessing-Moore as a result of the embezzlement activities." <br/> <br/>Both mother and daughter resigned this summer and could not be reached for comment. Blessing-Moore referred calls to her attorney Ernest Malaspina. The San Jose-based attorney said Thursday it would not be prudent to discuss the case. <br/> <br/>The Palo Alto Police Department started investigating the case in October, court documents show. Police spokeswoman Sandra Brown said Thursday the department had no computer record of the case. <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/>E-mail Melanie Carroll at mcarroll@dailynewsgroup.com. <br/>
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san francisco

Santa Clara, CA

#61 Feb 24, 2009
does anyone know where this case is at this time? did they really lose the house? these people are sociopaths. if you read the meaning of sociopath, it fits the description and they seem to have come out of that mold. google it and they are the exact fit of the profile and meaning of "sociopath" and when this is over, they will wake up and face reality behind bars.
JSA

Oakland, CA

#62 Apr 13, 2009
What happened to lady that worked with Genny and was a friend of the doctors? I think her name is Julie or Judy? Some one said she should have been able to see what Genny was doing. They say she was real good friends with the theifs.
JSA

Oakland, CA

#63 Apr 13, 2009
Does the doctor still have Judy or Julie working at the office? She was real good friends with Genny Reyes. She worked with her and I was told should have seen what was going on.
JSA

United States

#64 Apr 13, 2009
Didn't the doctor have a friend that worked there with Genny? Her name Julie or Judy. I heard she should have seen what was going on but she was friends with Genny.
Bee

Palo Alto, CA

#65 Apr 13, 2009
JSA wrote:
Didn't the doctor have a friend that worked there with Genny? Her name Julie or Judy. I heard she should have seen what was going on but she was friends with Genny.
wow that lady was friends with that thief, and is still working there? How does the doctor not see that? Now that is crazy, the inside person is right under her nose.
san francisco

San Jose, CA

#66 May 9, 2010
the thieves were indicted and if found guilty, are facing at least 5 years. wow, for tax evasion! they have so many cases. the doctor's case is just one of them.
myohmy

Alameda, CA

#67 Jul 21, 2011
san francisco wrote:
the thieves were indicted and if found guilty, are facing at least 5 years. wow, for tax evasion! they have so many cases. the doctor's case is just one of them.
what other cases are they facing?
Hello Justice

Sunnyvale, CA

#68 Sep 3, 2011
mateo

United States

#69 Mar 6, 2012
Hello Justice wrote:
no they are free on house arrest and probation ...with fines
haha

Pacifica, CA

#70 May 16, 2013
After all the court and all the money spent and all the talk ....Christine walks away with 1 million dollars and less than a year served ....congrats on a great job

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