Therapist charged with submitting falsified invoices

An occupational therapist and owner of a pediatric therapy company has been arrested and charged with theft by deception and money laundering.

Rebecca “Sweety” Dean, 39, of the Martinsville section of Bridgewater Township, in Somerset County, who owns Tiny Tots Therapy Inc. in Scotch Plains, was arrested and charged with theft for submitting falsified invoices to the Edison Board of Education for various therapeutic services which were not provided to students. Dean then filtered the fraudulently obtained monies into her own personal and business accounts for her benefit.

Dean was charged on January 24, 2018, with one count of theft by deception in the second degree and one count of money laundering in the second degree.

She was charged following an investigation by Detective Sean Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the investigation it was determined that between September 2016, and January 2018, Dean submitted invoices to the Edison Board of Education, in excess of $75,000, for services that were not rendered to students in the school district.

Dean was processed and released pending her initial court appearance in Middlesex County Superior Court on February 15, 2018.

According to her company’s website, Dean has a degree in Occupational Therapy from Kean University.

The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4060.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said that, as with all criminal investigations, the charges against Dean are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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