- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Acting
Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi
announced that a partial owner of a health
care plan administration business was indicted
today for allegedly stealing almost a half
a million dollars from a trust fund that was
a client of her company.
to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Chillemi,
Catarina Young, 46, of Metuchen, was charged
with second-degree theft by unlawful taking,
second-degree misapplication of entrusted
property or property of government or financial
institution and third-degree forgery.
the time the crimes allegedly occurred,
Young was a partial owner of the now-defunct
Elite Benefits Corp. (Elite), which was
located in Middlesex County. Elite administered
healthcare plans on behalf of third-party
entities, including the Multi-Skilled Employees
& Employer Welfare Trust Fund (Fund),
an organization consisting of several union
Middlesex County grand jury indictment alleges
that between Nov. 17, 2003 and Dec. 26,
2006, Young, as a fiduciary of the Fund,
deposited into her own bank accounts 86
checks and 16 wire transfers totaling $462,341
belonging to the Fund and kept the proceeds
for her own use.
The indictment also alleges that Young forged
a signature of one of the trustees of the
Fund on two of the checks knowing that neither
the fund nor such trustee authorized her
to do so.
Attorney General T.J. Harker and Sgt. Anthony
Butler were assigned to the investigation.
Harker presented the case to the Middlesex
County grand jury. Acting Prosecutor Chillemi
thanked Angelo Gaglias, Criminal Coordinator,
Ani White, Special Agent and Carmela V.
Pagano, Senior Investigator, all of the
U.S. Department of Labor for their assistance
in the investigation.
indictment is merely an accusation. The
defendant is presumed innocent until proven
guilty. Second-degree crimes carry a maximum
sentence of 10 years in state prison and
a criminal fine of $150,000, while third-degree
crimes carry a maximum sentence of five
years in state prison and a criminal fine