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Dental lab technician gives himself a bonus.

Posted by dentalinsider on August 6, 2007

Where there is gold, there is greed. Dental laboratories have long fought to keep a watchful eye on the employees that do the casting and handle the alloy. When you figure an ounce of Gold is running over $660, there is bound to be some technicians that don’t do the right thing. But I found this most recent story extremely interesting for a couple reasons. First, this is a Dental Services Group Laboratory and is owned by the Sentage Corporation. The Sentage Corporation owns about 26 laboratories, and some of them are the largest labs in their area. You can check out their website at and see the labs they own.

The second reason I found this interesting is because it has been happening for over 15 years, all the way back to 1991! Plus, if you read the entire article you will note that the company was not even the one who finally caught on, it was the Sylvania Police Department who notified them of an ongoing investigation. So that makes the lab managers really stupid or it makes it really easy to steal scrap from a lab this size. If I were to guess I would say it is a mixture of both, and probably less stupidity on the part of management and more likely a blind trust of an employee who has worked for you for so many years. I don’t really know, but you can all read the story and be the judge.

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3 Responses to “Dental lab technician gives himself a bonus.”

  1. Wow – over $170,000. Glad this guy got busted.

  2. repairguy said

    I dont understand, what were the police investagaiting that led to someone selling scraps of gold, pretty sure thats not illegal,ive done that, not stolen of course, 170k over 15 years isnt that whopping a number that the cops would catch wind of that…wonder what the rest of the story is…

  3. Associateq said

    Well it all depends on how you calculate the $170k. If it is at today’s prices of gold then it would be something like 250 ounces of gold. You never really know how they calculate these things, but you always know that they inflate the number as much as possible.

    I am sure that there is a lot more to the story, but I still find it extremely interesting that he was able to get away with this for 15 years. I know people that were in the Navy and they said they would be scraping casting machines and vacuuming floors because they had only such a small percent of loss they could claim. Otherwise they threw them in the slammer. Plus, I have been into big labs that manage thousands of dollars in alloy a day and they weigh the alloy before, after and a million more times to make sure nobody is stealing. Everyone has their system, but none of them are fully secure.


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