Woman accused of bilking $225K from doc

April 8, 2009 3:24:11 PM PDT
A Clifton Heights woman was in a Delaware County courtroom this morning, accused of bilking thousands of dollars from a doctor she worked for. Authorities say 55-year-old Marianne Rossman allegedly stole over $225,000 from the Cardio Vascular Group in Ridley Park.

Rossman, said to be a trusted employee at the Cardio Vascular Group, earned about $30,000. According to Delaware County District Attorney Mike Green said, she easily got Doctors Howard Gitter and Samuel Ruby to sign off on American Express bills, but she would, allegedly, put her own account number on the memo line.

"This is a very busy cardiovascular practice. I really think these doctors were used, obviously, by the defendant. She knew they were distracted; their entire concern is on patient care," Green said.

Authorities claim she also admits to taking about $200 a month in petty cash over the last three years while working at the group, with the total adding up to more than $8,700.

Green says receipts show Rossman spent the money at supermarkets, local stores and restaurants, even repeatedly at Wawa.

Rossman was caught after confiding in an office manager who alerted authorities.

No one answered the door at her Clifton Heights home where neighbors on Gramercy Drive say they knew little about her family. Neighbors only commented that Rossman kept to herself.

Green says white collar crime is on the rise, especially now in an economic recession and is warning small businesses.

The doctors told Action News they've been advised not to comment on the case.

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