Union City Woman Arrested: Charged with Theft and False Reporting Leading to Unlawful $70k Medical Benefits

Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has announced the arrest of a Union City woman, Nicole Sanders, following an investigation that uncovered a significant medical benefits fraud case.

Sanders, 47, was taken into custody by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. She faces charges of Theft by Deception and False Reporting to Medicaid, both third-degree crimes under New Jersey statutes N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4 and N.J.S.A. 30:4d-17b(2) respectively.

The investigation revealed that Sanders, who owns a business, failed to report income from 2017 to 2021. Consequently, this unreported income led to her receiving more than $70,000 in medical benefits unlawfully from NJ FamilyCare, a public health coverage program that helps financially eligible families.

Following her arrest at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Secaucus, Sanders was released on a summons. Her initial court appearance is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, 2023.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez praised the concerted efforts of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Insurance Fraud and Special Investigation Units, alongside the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller’s Office, in conducting the investigation and subsequent arrest.

Prosecutor Suarez emphasized that the charges against Sanders are accusations, and she remains presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.