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Sicklerville Woman Wanted for Defrauding Elderly Mother

Dinah Branch allegedly defrauded her elderly mother and failed to show for her pre-arraignment interview.

Dinah Branch (Photo provided by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office)
Dinah Branch (Photo provided by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office)
Dinah M. Branch, 44 of Sicklerville, is wanted for failure to appear in Superior Court in Woodbury on May 21 for a pre-arraignment interview on a charge of theft by illegal retention, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday evening.

Branch is described as 5-foot-3, 210 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

On Oct. 18, 2012, a detective with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office was assigned to investigate a theft reported to the New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly.   

That office’s investigation had determined that a resident of a Washington Township long-term care facility had been defrauded by her daughter, Branch.

The resident’s Social Security income was to have been applied to her care at the facility, according to a statement of understanding that Branch had signed.

Only one such payment was received and Branch’s mother’s account was $4,100 in arrears by May 27, 2013. A complaint was signed against Branch on Aug. 13, 2013, following an investigation. She was arrested in Williamstown on Oct. 8, 2013 and indicted on May 7 on a third-degree theft by illegal retention.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the defendant should not attempt to apprehend her. Instead, contact the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office at 856-384-5643 or GCPO Lt. Barry Johnson at 856-498-5485.

Anonymous tips can be provided by texting GLOTIP & your message to CRIMES  (274637).

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