Former Wake Forest Baptist worker charged with embezzlement

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Steven B. Tisdale (Mugshot courtesy: Winston-Salem Police)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have charged a former Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center employee with felony embezzlement.

On April 2, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center discovered that a 17-year employee in its commercial insurance division had embezzled funds from a Medical Center account that issues refund checks to patients.

The employee, Steven B. Tisdale, was fired when he returned to work on April 5, a spokesperson said in a news release. 

The hospital launched an internal investigation and notified local authorities, the spokesperson said.

Investigators determined that $114,000 had been embezzled from the hospital between January 2011 and March 2012.

The hospital reissued the 219 checks affected by the fraud, and all patients have received their refunds, the spokesperson said. 

Tisdale has a court date set for Aug. 10. 

Any patient with a question about their account should contact the hospital’s Customer Service department at (336) 716-4729.

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