Spaulding Dental embezzler gets probation
Former employee, 64, to serve 5 1/2 years; ordered to pay $142K in restitution
Friday, June 28, 2013 11:00 AM
A Madison woman who pleaded guilty Thursday to theft and racketeering charges from Spaulding Dental was sentenced to five and one-half years of probation.
Barbara J. McAlister, 64, pleaded guilty to one charge of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony, and five charges of theft, a Class D felony. She was also ordered to pay more than $142,000 in restitution.
According to the probable cause affidavit, McAlister, who worked as a bookkeeper and receptionist for Spaulding Dental, pocketed cash payments for dental work and used other checks or insurance money to balance the books.
Gayle Spaulding said this incident has hurt her business and her family and has consumed their lives since McAlister was arrested in October 2011. During a statement to the court, Spaulding said she felt betrayed because a former employee had committed this crime against her family's business.
"You built a trust with me, Barb, and you violated that trust," Spaulding told the defendant. "You took complete advantage of that trust. You took that money because you could. And that saddens me."
A total of $94,535.32 is being withheld from a $100,000 cash bond McAlister posted for her son, who was arrested on charges of domestic battery and strangulation.
Senior Judge Steven Fleece ordered McAlister to pay the difference - $5,464.68 - in addition to the net value of her retirement fund, which Fleece estimated was more than $42,000.
McAlister apologized to the Spaulding family for everything she had put them through, especially their three children.
"Those kids were like my own, and I love them," McAlister said.
Fleece also issued no-contact orders for the Spauldings and their children as well as ordered McAlister to stay away from the Spaulding Dental office.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Mote said he was satisfied with the outcome of the case.
"We hope that this sends a message to all of those who would violate the trust of their employers. We take this very seriously," he said.