Danielle Powers sentenced in 2 theft cases
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A Las Vegas employee once dubbed the “most fabulous office manager ever” and convicted of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from several Las Vegas-area dental practices , will serve at least 3 years in prison and must pay to recover the stolen money, a judge ruled on Tuesday.
Danielle Powers, 42, was initially charged with six counts of theft and five counts of embezzlement, 8 News Now I-Team first reported in April. In total, Powers was charged with stealing money while working for three dental practices in the Las Vegas Valley.
A plea agreement filed last month reported a fourth LVMPD case being investigated in April 2022 involving a cleaning company, but details of that investigation were not immediately available. As part of the plea agreement, Powers will not be charged for this incident or the third robbery related to the dentist. All other charges were dismissed.
Powers was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Desert Hills Dental over a 5-year period, according to court documents. Evidence in that criminal case included surveillance video, which prosecutors say shows Powers returning to work and taking $7,000 from his desk.
A video on the dental practice’s Facebook page shared with the I-Team features Powers saying, “Our goal here at Desert Hills Dental is always to make your dentistry affordable.” Another post celebrates Powers’ birthday, calling her “the most fabulous office manager of all time.”
In April 2021, a dentist at Smile Vegas Dental on Blue Diamond Road near Durango Drive told police Powers stole more than $10,000 from his business, police said. The practice owner and dentist said he hired Powers in June 2020.
In November 2021, a third dentist filed a complaint with the police, claiming that she too was a victim. This dentist hired Powers in September 2021 and said he was $3,600 short.
Powers could serve up to 8 years in prison, depending on the judge’s decision. She had agreed to serve at least a year and up to 10 years, the plea agreement stipulated.
Desert Hills Dental owner Dr. Deborah Staten won a separate civil suit against Powers for restitution.