Birmingham Therapist Sentenced To Probation For Stealing $1M From Patients

WWL Newsroom
January 13, 2020 - 5:32 pm

Beth L. Jaslove (Photo: Michigan Attorney General's Office)

BIRMINGHAM (WWJ) - A Birmingham therapist has been sentenced to probation after stealing more than $1 million from her patients in a criminal scheme

According to the Michigan Attorney General's Office, 69-year-old Beth Lisa Jaslove pleaded guilty to one count of larceny by false pretenses of more than $100,000.

Appearing Jan. 9 before Judge Phyllis McMillan in Oakland County Circuit Court, Jaslove was ordered to serve five years supervised probation. She must also pay $100,000 in restitution. 

Additional charges of racketeering and dozens more counts of larceny by false pretenses were dropped. 

An investigation revealed Jaslove stole money from patients between 1991 and 2017 as part of a scam called the "Community Money Program." 

Through the program and her business, the Center for Growth and Enlightenment, the AG's office said Jaslove took money from her patients under the false pretense that it would be used to help others in need. She also promoted the scheme by telling her patients and clients that investing in the program would help their personal growth and enlightenment.

More than a dozen people lost nearly all of their investment, according to authorities. 

“Ms. Jaslove took advantage of her clients for far too long and preyed on vulnerable Michiganders simply striving to improve their well-being,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “My office will continue to hold those who steal from others accountable for their actions.”

As part of her sentence, Jaslove can not be employed as a therapist, counselor or spiritual guide.

By pleading guilty, Jaslove avoided potential jail time. She could have spent decades in prison if convicted as initially charged.