Chesterfield pediatrics administrator swindled $115000 from firm, charges say –

CHESTERFIELD • The former administrator of a Chesterfield pediatric clinic misspent and stole more than $115,000 of the group’s money using a company credit card or by pocketing insurance withholdings, prosecutors say.

Becky Ann York, 43, of the 300 block of Green Jade Estates Drive in the Fenton area in Jefferson County, was charged Thursday with felony counts of identity theft and receiving stolen property.

Court records say York was the office administrator for the St. Louis Pediatric Associates at 226 South Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield, managing payroll, insurance, purchasing and billing. Charges say that between January 2015 and November of 2016, York made $100,754 in purchases on a credit card she had opened in the company’s name and paid for those purchases by transferring money from the clinic’s checking account.

She was also paid $14,413.86 between August 2014 and November 2016 by canceling witholdings from her paychecks while the clinic continued to cover her health insurance premiums, charges say.

Reached by phone Friday, York declined to discuss the allegations but said, “I didn’t do anything.” She would not identify her attorney.

York had worked for St. Louis Pediatric Associates from April 2014 until she was terminated in November 2016, charges say. Dr. Laura Hartman, a pediatrician at the clinic, confirmed York’s employment history but declined further comment.

Bail for York was set at $100,000.


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