A Jersey City certified nurse aid and his mother-in-law are accused of stealing over $34,000 from an elderly patient at Alaris Health at Hamilton Park in Jersey City, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Tamerlane Amon, 38, formerly employed by Alaris Health at Hamilton Park, and his mother-in-law Marilyn Duran, 63, were charged with third-degree conspiracy, forgery, and theft by deception in a state Grand Jury indictment delivered in Trenton on Friday.
The charges are in connection with $34,100 allegedly stolen from a 75-year-old male assigned to Amonâ€™s care at the facility.
â€œInstead of providing the care and assistance these elderly victims needed, the defendants allegedly preyed on them by stealing tens of thousands of dollars the victims were counting on to support them in their senior years,â€ Grewal said in a statement.
â€œFinancial exploitation of the elderly is a growing problem that will not be tolerated in New Jersey. These indictments underscore our commitment to protecting our vulnerable senior citizens from financial predators who view them as easy marks.â€
The indictments were obtained by Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutorâ€™s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which receives federal funding to investigate and prosecute Medicaid provider fraud as well as the abuse or neglect of Medicaid patients, or patients who reside in facilities that receive Medicaid funding.
According to the charges, Amon was working as a certified nurse aide at a rehabilitation facility in April 2017 when he took a checkbook belonging to a male patient.
He then allegedly filled out and signed several checks in the victimâ€™s name and gave the checks to Duran, who opened a bank account in order to cash the checks.
The two allegedly cashed and/or attempted to cash the checks in a series of transactions at various bank branches.
Amon and Duran are each charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of theft by deception, and five counts of forgery. Amon is also charged with two counts of attempted theft by deception, while Duran is charged with one count of attempted theft by deception.
Additionally, third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $15,000.