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Pediatric office COO indicted on theft, forgery charges

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Posted at 3:33 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 17:13:53-04

LEBANON, Tenn. (WTVF) — The chief operating officer of Cumberland Pediatric Associates in Lebanon was indicted on theft charges after she allegedly stole more than $500,000 over the course of five years from the business.

COO Emily Crabtree Gannon was fired from CPA in August of 2019. This month, the Wilson County Grand Jury indicted Gannon on one count of theft over $250,000, two counts of forgery, and one count of criminal simulation.

CPA provides care to children from birth 18 years old and serves patients from its clinics in Lebanon and Gordonsville. It also accepts TennCare insurance payments.

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office worked with the Tennessee Bureau to investigate Gannon. According to the comptroller's office, Gannon stole at least $513,302 between January 2014 and August 2019.

The investigation showed Gannon paid herself an additional $312,852 by inflating CPA’s payroll payments to herself. For example, in March 2015, Gannon gave herself a $60,000 raise without the owner’s knowledge or approval.

Gannon also paid herself bonuses totaling at least $200,450 without the knowledge of the owner.

As Chief Operating Officer, Gannon produced federal Form W-2s for all CPA employees. Gannon prepared her own W-2s which substantially reduced the actual compensation she took from CPA.

This is the first Comptroller’s Office investigation completed since the General Assembly passed legislation in 2019 allowing the Comptroller’s Office to assist district attorneys general and the TBI in the investigation of private funds if the Comptroller deems the investigation to be in the public interest.

“Our Office employs some of Tennessee’s foremost experts in forensic accounting and fraud examination,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said in a press release. “This investigation was clearly in the public interest because this medical practice accepts TennCare payments. I am pleased we can bring our expertise to the fight against fraud in Tennessee.”