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Toms River Home Aide Sentenced to Pay $144K Restitution

Woman pleaded guilty to forgery, theft by deception, also sentenced to 94 days in jail

A Toms River woman will serve 94 days in jail and must repay $144,950 she admitted stealing from a home health aide patient.

Yvette Bullard-Tebetts, 44, of Toms River, was sentenced Sept. 7 by Superior Court Judge Wendell Daniels in Ocean County.

She will serve 94 days in county jail as a condition of two years of probation. 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, announced Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.

Chiesa said in a news release today that Bullard-Tebetts stole from a patient by forging and cashing blank checks.

Bullard-Tebetts had pleaded guilty 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. Her plea came in July.

Bullard-Tebetts admitted stealing three blank checks from a home health aide patient who employed her, according to a release from the attorney general's office. Bullard-Tebetts forged and cashed the checks for $144,950, the release said.

The home health aide then used the money in Atlantic City casinos, on furniture, travel, clothing, jewelry, a car and her apartment lease, the release said.

According to Chiesa, 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. 

Miriam September 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Momere...Seriously? The way in which you responded is UNGODLY! Holyhh, said you are ignorant...God even say's his people perish for a lack of knowledge.And I'm sorry, but your initial response was filled with lack of knowledge and ignorance.You're sorry he/she is alone and has an uncertain future? Let me tell you...your sincerity shines through in that statement (sarcasm.) She has to do something to ensure her future isn't so bleak, yet you solely rely upon God? Pick one.When you solely rely upon him you do not worry about what you shall eat, or drink for he supplies our needs, and that means you DO NOT need your family on any level.Is that realistic?Everyone needs someone.The fact God has created us all is an example of this when we are in one accord with him.Or do you contradict? A rhetorical question by the way, but God also says to care for the orphan, the window and those who don't have anyone.What a great example of Jesus you just portrayed let me tell ya! I'm sure Jesus would have responded the same way,if some man, or woman came to him and said they have no one.Hardly! I do not know holyhhh, but I will tell you one thing.The arrogance/pride you just portrayed is the EXACT reason why people turn away from God/Jesus.We're suppose to model him, and this is what they see?But then you arrogantly attempt to speak blessing over a stranger?When we could very well be entertaining Angels?!Your pride does not usher blessing.Instead God is showing you MERCY! Repent to him.Shame!
Miriam September 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Holhhh, you're entitled to your own opinions/choices because God gives us all free will,but I want to sincerely apologize for the smart retort momere spoke in response to you saying he/she is ignorant.Even if you do not believe in Jesus he does care for those who are oppressed,weak and have no one.How this individual responded is not the character of Jesus.Some have strong faith, others faith is weak, and others have the gift of faith,which is spoken of in the Bible,so their are different levels of faith.If you have faith as small as a gran of mustard seed you have MUCH!With a level of faith God will open doors to send those who need someone their way 100% of the time.It's a matter of who you reach out to and who is truly following him.Don't get discouraged on any level at those who throw fiery darts!Those attacks are not of God, but the accuser.
Miriam September 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Because there's a difference between faith and arrogance, and those who don't have faith are instantly replied.However, when someone who lacks faith,or has little meets Jesus they have a choice.It's not up to you, or I to question their path.It's up to us to keep our mouths shut and be an example of who Jesus really is. And if anyone continues to cause a little one to stumble...Woe unto them! People need to stop acting perfect.We are nothing,but filthy rags,bought with a price to have a brighter future and acting so prideful and arrogant implies you declined the invitation and just don't know it! Who ever that women/man is "holyhhh" God bless her! No one knows what she/he is going through and her anger came about,perhaps because she too is alone and for people to kick her while she's down is one thing, but to advocate your belief in God and kick her down is evil and leaves you to be nothing more than a bully.She is already blessed! Because if she doesn't have much she will always remain humble!It's hard for the rich to get into heaven,so if you do have much think about that and start acting as Jesus would with what he's blessed you with, and if you don't have much stop listening to those name it claim it preachers telling everyone it's God's will for us to have a ton of money in this life,if so?That's a lot more than we though not getting into his kingdom because their wealth blinds to the truth clearly!
Mary E Rowlands September 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Isn't about time to legislate some kind of protection for the old folks? When they become disabled mentally or physically their should be some kind of agency to be notified to protect the interests of the elderly. I know that SS is notified when you die by the funeral home. It's not too unusual that the kids or the help want to pick the pockets of the one entrusted to their care.
Donna Griffin September 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Mary - It's called the Ocean County Adult Protective Services unit and they can be notified of suspected elder abuse anonymously. The allegations will be promptly investigated.

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