Newark Home Health Aide Indicted on Theft of $9K from Elderly Victims

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Chief Martin McParland, Jr., of the Rockaway Township Police Department, announce the Indictment of Rosemarie Antoine, 61, of Newark, on Theft and Forgery related charges.

Officials say on 2015, the eighty-eighty-year-old (88) victim hired Ms. Antoine as a Home Health Aide to assist with the in-home care of his wife in Rockaway Township.

According to officials, Ms. Antoine’s employment continued until September of 2018, when the victim discovered that Ms. Antoine had deposited checks, all bearing the victim’s forged signatures, into her personal bank account. The forged checks, totaling $9,833.00, were deposited by Ms. Antoine from March 29, 2018, to September 10, 2018, into her personal bank account.

The defendant has been Indicted with the following offenses:

• One count of Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a, a crime of the Third degree;
• 14 counts of Forgery, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1a(3), all crimes of the Third degree;

A search of the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Affairs Division indicates that Ms. Antoine’s Home Health Aide license is currently inactive.

The defendant remains at significant and law enforcement asks any member of the public who is aware of her present location to report it to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6200.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Specialized Crimes Division, Crimes Against the Retired and Elderly (CARE) Unit, and Rockaway Township Police Department, whose efforts contributed to the investigation of this case.

The charges and allegations contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and this Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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