Karissa-Anne Frannicola of Caldwell charged with stealing $20,530 from nursing home residenT
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
CALDWELL, NJ - The New Jersey Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor announced yesterday charges against Karissa-Anne Frannicola, 29, of Caldwell. Frannicola is accused of stealing about $20,530 from an elderly nursing home resident over whom she had power of attorney.
In an effort to protect elderly and disabled individuals from abuse and neglect, the office also charged three other women with residential care crimes.
The charges were determined after investigations were completed by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit which receives federal monies to investigate and prosecute Medicaid provider fraud and the abuse of Medicaid patients.
Frannicola was charged with the following over incidents which occurred between April and August of 2017:
The other women involved in the indictment were Martha Ruiz, 25, of Camden, and Kendall Crouch, 24, of Clementon. Both women were employed as psych aides at Bancroft Neurohealth in Mt. Laurel. Bancroft Neurohealth is a facility which cares for developmentally disabled adults and children. In their case, both Ruiz and Crouch are accused of physically abusing one of the disabled residents.
According to the Prosecutor, on June 1, 2018, Ruiz and Crouch allegedly "struck the resident in the face, twisted his hand and wrist, forcefully restrained him to his bed, and forced a urine-soaked towel on his face."
Both women were charged with:
Additionally, Christine Sanford, 31, of Atlantic City, is accused of assuming a false identity to work as a Certified Nurse Aide at the Barnegat Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Barnegat in November 2018. The Prosecutor believes Sanford used a false identity because her own Nurse Aide certification had been revoked by the New Jersey Department of Health in 2017 after she was determined to be unqualified.
Sanford is charged with:
People who are concerned about insurance cheating and have information about a fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD, or visiting the website at www.njinsurancefraud.org. State regulations also permit a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution and conviction for insurance fraud.
Newark Police Capt. Anthony Buono and former Newark Police Officer Dino D’Elia Arrested for Accessing and Selling Private Computer Data
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Tuesday, the arrest of Newark Police Captain Anthony Buono, 60, of Millstone and former Newark Police Officer Dino D’Elia, 49, of Nutley, was announced by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. The two were taken into custody for illegally accessing a private insurance database and then, reportedly after acquiring the information, selling the sensitive personal information to a third party. The Newark Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit took an active part in the investigation.
Six years ago, D'Elia retired from the Newark force after taking disability and went on to open a private investigation business.
The arrests followed an investigation into the men allegedly accessing an insurance database which is made available to police departments investigating insurance fraud and then selling that information afterwards. Both men have been charged with:
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The prosecutor's office alledge that on more than 900 occasions Buono and D’Elia
accessed the department's insurance database and collected sensitive personal information which they then sold to third parties at $100 per search. The computer breach was identified by December, 2014, and the prosecutor's office launched the investigation.
Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Walter J. Dirkin explained today that on Aug. 1, 2014, Buono contacted the third party and identified himself on a form as being the Administrator for the Newark Police Department. Buono apparently stated that the former Administrator left to work for another company and that he would be taking his place and handling his duties. In this way, the captain was reportedly able to use his position as a police officer to gain access to the database.
Dirkin further related that Buono then reportedly gave D’Elia access to the database and it was D’Elia who then sold the data as part of his private investigation business.
If convicted, both men face 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison on each count.
Connecticut Doctors Richard Goldberg, 65, and Dr. Gary Leeds, 61, Sentenced in Newark for Accepting Bribes for Referrals to Parsippany's Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services
NEWARK, NJ - Today, Dr. Richard Goldberg, 65, and Dr. Gary Leeds, 61, both of Connecticut with practices in New York, were sentenced to 20-months today in Newark federal court, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
The two doctors had previously pleaded guilty before US District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to one count of accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals. Chesler imposed both sentences today in Newark.
The long-running and elaborate scheme was operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS), of Parsippany. As of now, 38 people (26 of them doctors, including Leeds and Goldberg) have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme. Organizers have admitted that millions of dollars in bribes, which resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and private insurance companies, were involved in the far-reaching fraud plot. The investigation has so far recovered more than $11 million to date through forfeiture.
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Professional Medical Practice
Besides sharing a Family Medical Group of Manhattan, both men are affiliated with the Beth Israel Medical Center
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