Cop accused of iPhone theft now faces health care fraud charge

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 03:58:50 AM. Juan Forero allegedly kept his wife as a beneficiary on his health plan for years after they divorced

A Pleasantville police officer who was charged with stealing an iPhone has now also been accused of committing health care fraud for years, officials said. 

Juan Forero, 34, of Pleasantville, was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking after removing an Apple iPhone 7 Plus from a shopping cart at ShopRite in Somers Point in April, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said last week.

While investigating the theft, authorities learned Forero had been listing his former wife as a beneficiary on his health care plan even though they divorced in 2011, authorities said.

As a result, Blue Cross Blue Shield paid more than $90,0000 toward her health care since the two divorced, officials said. If the woman paid out of pocket, it would have cost $320,000.

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Pleasantville paid an additional $21,000 in premiums to cover Haydee Forero, the prosecutor's office said. 

Before Forero became a cop he allegedly tried to pull off a similar scheme when he worked for AtlantiCare, costing them about $4,000, authorities said.

Additional charges against Forero include theft, unsworn falsification to authorities, insurance fraud.

Hired in 2015, Forero was suspended without pay after being arrested on the iPhone theft charge in April 26. His annual salary is $59,789, according to public records. 

"While I am saddened to confirm that one of our officers has been charged with criminal conduct, I am also reassured to report that the internal affairs process has worked as intended," Chief San Riggin said. "The Pleasantville police department cannot and will not accept unethical conduct by our officers and will take swift action to investigate all claims of misconduct."

Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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