Over $150,000 stolen, Hope Abram in custody.
A Beebe Medical Group employee has been accused of embezzling about $150,000 from the business.
The Lewes Police Department was notified by Beebe Healthcare of potential internal embezzlement by one of their employees on April 23. During a standard accounting audit of receivables and payments, Beebe Healthcare had recently recognized a number of irregularities involving Hope Abram, Revenue Cycle Director for the Beebe Medical Group. Through investigation, it was determined that Abram embezzled approximately $150,000 through various means.
Abram’s employment was terminated on May 3, and that same day, the Lewes Police Department executed a search warrant at her residence on Bay Breeze Drive in Lewes and took her into custody. Abram was arrested and charged with felony theft over $50,000, felony second-degree forgery and misdemeanor falsifying business records. She was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $13,000 bail.
According to police, the investigation is continuing and there is a strong potential for additional criminal charges.
Beebe Healthcare released the following statement:
"Although not an insignificant amount, both our auditors and the police believe that Beebe’s policies, processes and financial controls have limited the economic damages caused by Ms. Abram’s acts. Concerning Ms. Abram’s hiring by Beebe, comprehensive background checks (including review of national criminal databanks and Office of the Inspector General sanctions) were performed in October 2016 before Ms. Abram was first hired, and in May 2017 and April 2018, with no negative incidents being reported."