- Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced
today that a Newark woman has been arrested
for allegedly presenting forged government
documents when obtaining employment as a
certified nurse aide.
Justice Woodson, 49, of Newark, was arrested
June 1 on charges of falsifying government
documents, theft by deception and uttering
a forged instrument, all in the third degree.
allegedly presented a forged Nurse Aide
Certification and a forged Employment Authorization
Card when applying for a job as a certified
nurse aide in Hackensack. It is alleged
that the Nurse Aide Certification, issued
by the New Jersey Department of Health and
Senior Services, displayed a registration
number which corresponded to another individual,
not Woodson. An investigation by the State’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit determined that
the license associated with the license
number expired on Sept. 21, 2008, but Woodson
allegedly tampered with the document so
that it reflected an expiration date of
Sept. 20, 2012.
State’s investigation further revealed
that the Employment Authorization Card,
issued by the United States Department of
Homeland Security, allegedly displayed a
fraudulent expiration date in 2012 when
the card actually expired in 2007.
a result of her allegedly fraudulent actions,
Woodson was hired by Right at Home, 316
State Street, Hackensack, a home health
aide staffing agency, as a Certified Nurse
Aide and received $4,410 in salary to which
she was not entitled.
charges are merely accusations and the defendant
is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Because the charges are indictable offenses,
they will be presented to a state grand
jury for potential indictment.
Sergeant Patricia Yellen and Deputy Attorney
General David Noble were assigned to the
case. Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
Ronald Chillemi thanked the Department of
Health and Senior Services for referring
the matter to the Office of the Insurance