- Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced
that a North Jersey woman has been sentenced
to county jail for her role in a scheme to
create and negotiate counterfeit checks.
Anthony, 37, of Paterson, was sentenced
on Friday (May 11) to 30 days in county
jail as a condition of two years probation
and ordered to pay $483 in restitution by
Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue in
Union County. Judge Donohue also ordered
Anthony to perform 334 days of community
service. Anthony’s sentence was based
on her May 4 guilty plea to third-degree
theft by deception, a charge contained in
a state grand jury indictment that was returned
on Oct. 7, 2011.
pleading guilty, Anthony admitted that between
Nov. 30 and Dec. 14, 2010, she arranged
to fraudulently create multiple checks using
High Point Insurance Company’s routing
number and checking account number. Four
of the checks were imprinted with the name
Anneesh Robinson, and nine of the checks
were imprinted with the name Zyanya Wright.
and Wright, along with another co-defendant,
Hassonah Higgins, were also named in the
2011 indictment. On December 21, 2011, Robinson,
Wright and Higgins were admitted into the
Pre-trial Intervention Program and each
ordered to pay $1,056 in restitution.
a result of the fraud, the defendants obtained
or attempted to obtain over $4,500 worth
of merchandise drawn on the High Point Insurance
Company’s checking account, knowing
that the checks were counterfeit.
Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Doran represented
the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
at the sentencing. Deputy Attorney General
Joan M. Burke and Detective Terrence Buie
were assigned to the investigation. Acting
Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi
thanked High Point Insurance for referring
the matter to the Office of the Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor and for its assistance
in the investigation.