An accountant accused of embezzling more than $2 million from an Omaha medical firm allegedly spent part of the money on pet bills, attorney fees and a hot tub.
A lawsuit filed Oct. 3 in Douglas County District Court alleges that Rodney D. Gartner of Waterloo misappropriated at least $2.1 million from the Sloan Corp. of Omaha while working as the company's chief financial officer. A separate lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Gartner's wife, Diane, alleging that she was “unjustly enriched” by her husband's actions from 2006 through March of this year.
No legal charges have been filed against Rodney Gartner, but according to a statement from the Douglas County Attorney's Office, the Omaha Police Department has opened an investigation into the Sloan Corp.'s allegations. Gartner did not return a phone message.
Sloan Corp. and its subsidiary, Sloan Medical, are owned by Dr. Stewart Sloan, a urologist. Sloan sells disposable plastic products used by hospitals and physician clinics such as mattress sheets and clothing protectors.
According to the lawsuits, filed by John Lingelbach of the Koley Jessen law firm, Rodney Gartner was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Sloan Corp.
Gartner reportedly was responsible for all payroll-related disbursements and maintaining the company's financial records.
Gartner is accused of using his position to issue bonus checks to himself and pay numerous personal expenses, including life insurance premiums.
Gartner also is accused of using money to pay attorney fees related to his personal estate, purchase a hot tub, pay veterinary bills for his pets and make prepayments to his daughter's chiropractic business — all without authorization.
Sloan Corp. is asking the court to seize the Gartners' assets, including their 5,200-square-foot lake home in Waterloo's West Shores development.
The Gartners purchased the home in 2008 for $225,000, and the Douglas County Assessor's Office last appraised the property in 2012 as being worth just over $911,000.
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