Melissa Dyan Zediker, whose first made headlines nearly three years ago for allegedly embezzling of hundred of thousands of dollars from midstate doctors for whom she had worked, pleaded guilty Monday.
Zediker, 46, was sentenced to five years in prison and 25 more on probation, after pleading guilty to 49 counts of theft by taking and a single count of forgery, according to the Bibb County District Attorney’s office.
She also was ordered to pay $711,881 in restitution.
A recap of her crimes reads like an accounting nightmare for a medical office.
Zediker was first arrested on fiduciary theft charges mid-July 2015 on allegations that she stole $99,063 from OrthoGeorgia. She was accused of illegally depositing payroll funds earmarked with her mother’s name into a bank account.
About two weeks after that, Zediker was charged with additional counts of fiduciary theft on allegations she stole nearly $70,000 from Urology Specialists of Georgia, a medical practice in Macon and Warner Robins where she worked as an administrator, earning a $130,000 salary.
Before her arrests, Zediker was a fiduciary employee of OrthoGeorgia and later Urology Specialists of Georgia, the DA’s office noted in a Monday summary of the crimes Zediker pleaded guilty to.
In March 2015, Bibb sheriff’s first learned that Zediker might be involved in financial improprieties at OrthoGeorgia.
“Forsyth Street Orthopaedics had just merged with OrthoGeorgia and inconsistencies were found in an employee’s pay records,” the DA’s office summary said. “It was discovered that Zediker had altered the name and social security number for the employee, her mother, to match the first initial of her brother’s name and his social security number. More than $99,000 in payments to the employee were direct deposited into Zediker’s account. Zediker’s brother never worked for Forsyth Street Orthopaedics or OrthoGeorgia.“
Zediker, who co-owned a company known as Georgia Data Partners, a medical-records firm, is said to have contracted with Forsyth Street Orthopaedics to store the office’s records, according to the DA’s office, which goes on to explain that:
“It was discovered that there were numerous charges paid to Georgia Data Partners that were not supported by invoices submitted to the medical office and that were inconsistent with tax information claimed by the Zedikers’ company. Fraudulent payments made to Georgia Data Partners totaled $312,492. An additional $304,270 in personal charges for airplane reservations, hotel rooms, and payments for college classes were charged to Forsyth Street Orthopaedics credit cards.“
The Bibb DA’s office version of events goes on to note that while Zediker worked as an office manager at Urology Specialists of Georgia, she “forged the signature of a doctor at the practice while applying for a $44,244 lease for an ultrasound machine.“
Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.