New Jersey cop, sister, admit to stealing $190,000 in health benefits
A suspended Asbury Park (N.J.) Police Department officer and his sister admitted to committing insurance fraud of almost $190,000, the Monmouth County, N.J., Prosecutor said.
Alix Antoine, 38, a 12-year veteran with the Asbury Park Police Department, and his 44-year-old sister, Patricia Louis — also known as Patricia Antoine — pleaded guilty to third-degree insurance fraud before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Leslie-Ann Justus, said Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni in a statement.
The duo committed the fraud on behalf of Louis and her son, Gramiccioni said.
The siblings agreed to pay $189,645.84 back to insurance company Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield in restitution, Gramiccioni said. Justus also ordered Antoine to stop working as a police officer in Asbury Park and to never again hold a job in a public office in New Jersey.
On June 27, 2016, Antoine and Louis were named in an indictment that charged Antoine, of Neptune Township, with one count each of second-degree official misconduct, conspiracy to commit official misconduct, insurance fraud and third-degree tampering with public records.
Antoine and Louis are scheduled to be sentenced June 9, Gramiccioni said. Both siblings are expected to apply for the Pre-Trial Intervention program, which allows first-time convicts to successfully complete a program in exchange for no prison time and no criminal record.