Matthew Lickona 4:30 p.m., Aug. 20
Larcenous dentist and wife will soon be at liberty
Dr. Edward and Mary Rose Bodek admitted stealing from clients
Former dentist Edward J. Bodek, 60, and his wife Mary Rose Bodek, 56, were sentenced to 365 days custody plus 5 years probation in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse yesterday.
Each felon had more than 320 “custody credits” at the time of sentencing, and Dr. Edward Bodek was released the same day, yesterday. Mary Rose Bodek is expected to be released next week, by August 29, 2013.
Both defendants were charged with 45 felonies which alleged fraudulent use of their dental patients’ credit cards; each Bodek admitted three felonies in a plea deal that agreed to 365 days custody.
The Bodeks had a dental practice at 317 North El Camino Real in Encinitas, California, for more than twenty years. Mary Rose Bodek worked the front desk and was office manager; there were no other employees. The couple lived in nearby Carlsbad.
Dr. and Mrs. Bodek have been in custody since early March 2013.
A prosecutor asserted that the Bodeks rented 30 different storage units, and these were full of women’s clothing from stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. The storage units were filled with high-end items such as costly handbags and fur coats; many items appeared un-worn and still had price tags attached, it was alleged. “Some of the clothes appeared to have been bought over 10 years ago,” prosecutor Anna Winn stated.
In their plea deals, signed June 25, 2013, each defendant admitted taking more than $65,000; investigators claimed more than $260,000 was fraudulently taken from victims.
The judge ordered $74,412 in restitution to be paid by each defendant.
Several victims spoke to the judge before sentencing on August 21, 2013. They told sad stories of betrayal and detailed the amounts taken from themselves and their loved ones.
The Honorable Judge David Berry saved his strongest words for Mary Rose Bodek. He said he had read a letter sent to the court by defendant Mary Rose, and “frankly the court found her statement to be insincere, and I have great concern over Mrs. Bodek.”
“I want Mrs. Bodek to understand that her claims of caring for other elderly people fell completely false to me, given who you were stealing from and the destruction that you caused out there, and letting people go to their death knowing that their finances had been ruined and they left nothing for their children,” Judge Berry said.
The judge ordered both Bodeks to attend “cognitive behavioral therapy” and “anti-theft counseling” as part of their five-year probation, at sentencing yesterday, August 21, 2013.
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