SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced on Wednesday that Rebecca Dean, 39, owner of Tiny Tots Therapy Inc. (541 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) was arrested and charged with theft by deception and money laundering.
The prosecutor charges that Dean submitted falsified invoices to the Edison Board of Education (BOE) for various therapeutic services that were not provided to students.
An occupational therapist who lives in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater Township, Dean is accused of filtering the fraudulently obtained monies into her own personal and business accounts for her benefit. She 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.
The arrest followed an investigation by Detective Sean Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office that determined Dean submitted invoices to the Edison BOE in excess of $75,000 between September 2016, and January 2018, for services that were not rendered.
According to the Tiny Tots Therapy website, Rebecca Dean has several certifications & training in different therapy treatment approaches including Sensory Integration & Praxis Test. She is also a “Yoga for the Special Child” Certified Instructor and has developed a yoga program for pre-school and elementary children with special needs. In 2006, she opened her private practice with a business partner. Tiny Tots now has additional locations in East Brunswick, Edison, Englewood, and Warren. The company describes itself as "a leading provider for school-based therapy with an emphasis in quality of service and suitable matching of therapists, servicing several school districts in New Jersey."
Dean was processed and released pending her initial court appearance in Middlesex County Superior Court on February 15, 2018. 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.