TRENTON - Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that an Ocean County woman has been sentenced to jail for forging and cashing blank checks that she stole from a home health aide patient.
Yvette Bullard-Tebetts, 44, of Toms River, was sentenced on Friday (Sept. 7) to 94 days in county jail as a condition of two years of probation by Superior Court Judge Wendell Daniels in Ocean County. Bullard-Tebetts was also ordered to pay $144,950 in restitution as well as a $1,936 to the Division of Criminal Justice for repayment of costs incurred due to costs of her extradition in June. The sentence was based on Bullard-Tebetts’ guilty plea to two counts of third-degree theft by deception and three counts of third-degree uttering a forged instrument. The charges were contained in a state grand jury indictment that was unsealed on Nov. 16, 2011.
In pleading guilty on July 2, Bullard-Tebetts admitted that, while she was employed by a home health aide patient, she stole three blank checks which she forged and cashed at branches of Bank of America and PNC Bank. The checks totaled $144,950. An investigation by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor determined that Bullard-Tebetts used the money for her personal use, including spending the money in Atlantic City casinos, and on furniture, travel, clothing, jewelry and an automobile. The investigation determined that she also used the money to pay for a long-term lease on an apartment.
Bullard-Tebetts was returned on June 12 from Florida to New Jersey by way of a Governor’s Warrant executed by the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi noted that Deputy Attorney General Gina M. Galante and Detectives Anthony Iannice and Kylie Mattis were assigned to the case.