Newark Home Health Aide Indicted on Theft and Forgery-Related Charges Committed Upon Elderly Victims

October 9, 2019

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, age 61, of Newark, New Jersey, on Theft and Forgery related charges.

In 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. 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:

  • 1 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 large 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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