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.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to [email protected]orris.nj.us.

Newark Man Found Guilty of Receiving Stolen Property

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that on October 8, 2019, following a trial of six days, a Morris County jury convicted David Connolly (age 52) of Newark, New Jersey, of Receiving Stolen Property in the third-degree.  Connolly was immediately remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing. Due to the defendant’s prior record, he is facing between three to five years in New Jersey State Prison.

The defendant was in possession of multiple stolen items belonging to the victim, H.K., in East Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey on August 26th and 28th.

Assistant Prosecutors Sean Gaynor and Elizabeth Beaman represented the State during the trial.

The Prosecutor would like to thank the following Morris County and Essex County law enforcement agencies who contributed to the investigation and successful prosecution of the defendant, East Hanover Police Department, West Orange Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Honorable Robert M. Hanna, J.S.C., presided over the trial, and will sentence the defendant on October 18, 2019.

Prosecutor Knapp said “Assistant Prosecutors Sean Gaynor and Elizabeth Beaman did an outstanding job in prosecuting this case.  We greatly appreciate the cooperation of all law enforcement agencies who participated in the investigation and trial.”

Inquiries about this press release should be directed to [email protected].

FORMER BUSINESS MANAGER OF ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR STEALING NEARLY A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS FROM ELDERLY VICTIM

United States Attorney
District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – The former business manager of a Morris County, New Jersey, assisted living facility was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for stealing approximately $237,000 from an elderly victim under her care, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Marcella Drakeford, 46, most recently of Fort Pierce, Florida, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to Count One of an indictment charging her with mail fraud. Judge Hayden imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

Beginning in December 2016, Drakeford agreed to help manage her victim’s financial affairs and pay for her care. She was granted limited access to the victim’s checking account. Unbeknownst to the victim or the victim’s guardian, Drakeford already had fraudulently gained access to the victim’s credit card account and had several cards issued in her name. Drakeford then used the credit cards for personal expenditures, including luxury clothing, jewelry, automobiles, dental work, rent, and utilities. Drakeford paid off the credit card bills with checks drawn on the victim’s checking account, all without permission.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hayden sentenced Drakeford to three years of supervised release and ordered her to pay restitution of $237,258.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service under the direction of Inspector in Charge James V. Buthorn, for the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, and the Morristown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Police Chief Darnell Richardson, for their work on the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David W. Feder, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Cybercrime Unit.

On Oct. 4, 2019, the Department of Justice unveiled a new public service announcement created in collaboration with AARP and the Oak Ridge Boys to raise awareness about fraud schemes targeting older Americans.

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Defense counsel: David Holman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark