Woman guilty of stealing 211k

Published 7:00 am Saturday, September 26, 2015




A Picayune woman was ordered on Thursday to repay $211,530 to a Slidell doctor’s office after she was convicted of stealing money while working there.

Betsy Gobuzzi, 36, of Picayune pled “no contest” earlier this week, but District Judge Scott Gardner “adjudicated her guilty,” sentencing Gobuzzi to a 10-year suspended prison sentence and five years of probation, according to a press release from the office of District Attorney Warren Montgomery.

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In addition, Gobuzzi must perform 10 days of community service, pay a $100 fine, including additional court costs and pay $100 each to the Judicial Expense Fund and the Indigent Defender Fund, the press release stated.

Gobuzzi worked 18 years as an office manager at Eddington, Berault and Landry, a doctor’s office in Slidell. A payroll audit conducted by the medical clinic’s accountant found Gobuzzi had authorized overpayments to herself in excess of $30,000 and was stealing money from the office’s cash deposits, according to the release.

Gobuzzi’s defense attorney, Roy K. Burns Jr., said his side is satisfied with the verdict.

“It was in her family’s best interest to do what she did and we’re very satisfied with the probation that she received,” Burns said.

The doctor’s office did not return calls for comment by press time.