Surgeon reports $1.5M stolen

A Mount Pleasant plastic surgeon claims he was swindled out of $1.5 million by an unscrupulous employee who spent half a decade siphoning cash from his business, authorities said.

Dr. Thomas Funcik, owner of Coastal Facial Plastic Surgery on Waterway Boulevard, reported to Mount Pleasant police on Sept. 21 that he believed one of his former employees embezzled the money over a five-year period, the report stated.

The employee left the job in January, according to the report. It is unclear from the report whether the worker was terminated or resigned.

Funcik could not be reached for comment Monday.

Funcik, 54, told police he noticed suspicious charges on his business account in January and began his own investigation. He said he discovered the employee had obtained 10 credit or debit cards in his or her name without his knowledge, the report states.

The alleged misappropriation of funds included improper payroll deposits between 2007 and 2009, police said. Funcik also told investigators the employee doubled her salary without him knowing, performed wire transfers and forged checks.

Funcik provided bank statements to police which he claimed showed the employee used the company credit card for her personal use, the report stated.

The report does not specify how the money was spent.

The surgeon reported to police his calculations of the unauthorized charges totaled $1,526,444, according to the report.

Funcik indicated he wants to press charges against the former employee, but no charges have been filed in the case, police said.

The FBI has confirmed agents have been contacted by the Mount Pleasant Police Department involving the investigation.

Reach Natalie Caula at 937-5594 or Twitter.com/ncaula.

Editor's note: Earlier versions of this story need correction regarding Funcik's desire to press charges against the former employee. The Post and Courier regrets the error.