2010-01-15 / Front Page

Addabbo Employee Busted In Health Center Scam

By Howard Schwach

A Long Island woman working as a clerk at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center misappropriated $1,500 from her employers, court records show.

 

Nora Samayoa in a recent photograph. Nora Samayoa in a recent photograph. A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the woman as Nora Samayoa, who was employ ed as a clerk at the Addabbo Family Health Center, Inc., at 62-00 Beach Channel Drive.

She was arrested at about 3 p.m. on January 12, at the health center’s Far Rockaway center, located at 1288 Central Avenue, and charged with stealing approximately $1,500 in cash from two patients between October 9, 2009 and January 12, 2010.

Samayoa, 35, of 1355 Wantagh Avenue in Wantagh, Long Island, has been charged in Queens Criminal Court with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, 16 counts of first-degree falsifying business records and 16 counts of petit larceny. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.

According to the criminal charges, as a clerk with the Addabbo Health Center, Samayoa’s duties included signing patients in for their appointments – but not collecting payment from the patients for services rendered.

It is alleged, however, that patients Seymour and Laurette Trepel made sixteen visits to the health center between October 9, 2009, and January 12, 2010, and that they personally paid Samayoa each time for their visit.

A review of the health center’s business records, however, allegedly does not reflect the monies – approximately $1,500 – being credited to the Trepels’ accounts.

Video surveillance at the health center for January 8, 2010, allegedly shows Samayoa taking money from Seymour Trepel and Samayoa reaching into her pocket and handing back money to Mr. Trepel. Center records for January 8, however, allegedly do not indicate that Mr. Trepel signed in at the front desk or paid for the services rendered.

The investigation was conducted by detectives assigned to the 100 Precinct’s Detective Squad.

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The Addabbo Center is such a

The Addabbo Center is such a vital resource to the community, and I am saddened to hear that Ms. Samayoa was taking advantage of her employment there. Actions such as hers could jeopardize this community center which services so many residents.


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