ELIZABETH, NJ – Checks intended for a recently deceased Elizabeth resident were fraudulently collected and cash by a Belleville resident who has been arrested and charged with a single count of third-degree insurance fraud, two counts of third-degree theft, and two counts of fourth-degree theft.

Rickie Horvath (aka “Yoggi”), 54, of Belleville was arrested at his home by members of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Belleville Police Department, and the Social Security Administration. He subsequently was lodged in Union County Jail, with bail set at $75,000 by state Superior Court Judge William A. Daniel.

Horvath, who lived with the deceased during the past year, is charged with fraudulently collecting $14,000 from the life insurance company and approximately $5,000 from the U.S. Social Security Administration by making misrepresentations to both organizations.

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Convictions on third-degree crimes commonly carry penalties of three to five years in state prison. Anyone with additional information about Horvath’s activities is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Det. Daniel Gallagher at (908) 527-4543.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.