Woman charged with selling fake tickets accused of stealing from doctor's office
Desiree Covington is charged with stealing more than $500. She is accused of stealing patients' cash co-payment at doctors' office where she worked. She was previously charged for selling fake tickets to a Bruno Mars concert By KMOV.com Staff
(KMOV.com) – A local woman who was charged with selling people fake Bruno Mars concert tickets is now accused of stealing patients' co-payments at a medical office in West County.
Desiree Townsend, 37, who was charged under the name Desiree Covington, is charged with one count of stealing more than $500. Townsend, who worked as a receptionist in a doctor’s office in Town and Country, is accused of stealing patients’ cash co-payments. Part of her responsibility as a receptionist was to check patients in and out, and receive their co-payments.
Police said the medical practice conducted its own investigation and determined Townsend took all or part of the co-pays that were paid in cash. Authorities said the internal investigation also revealed she falsified documents to cover up the thefts.
According to police, Townsend told them she did nothing wrong, claiming she only checked patients out and not in. Authorities also said she claimed patients pay only when they check in.
Townsend was previously charged for allegedly selling fake tickets for a Bruno Mars concert to several people in the St. Louis area.