WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A Westchester woman accused of stealing the identities of two other teachers has been indicted.
Aimee Stark, also known as Aimee Forman, 41, of Mount Kisco was arraigned Thursday on a 40-count indictment charging her with crimes related to stealing the identities of two licensed teachers to continue to work as an in-home provider of services to special needs children.
Stark was charged with six counts of identity theft in the first degree (a Class D felony), four counts of grand larceny in the third degree (a Class D felony), 15 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree (a Class E felony), 14 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree (a Class E felony) and scheme to defraud in the first Degree (a Class E felony).
Stark pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash. She is due back in court on May 4.
In November 2014, the first victim, a long-time friend of Stark was notified by her employer that there was a complaint about fraudulent billing, according to Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.
The licensed teacher was informed that “she” had submitted an invoice for a session in Nassau County and a session in Westchester County that occurred at the same time, Singas said.
The victim contacted Autism Early Enrichment Services about the Westchester billing and was informed that “she” was a contractor working for the company and that an invoice had been submitted for payment. The victim never worked for AEES and it was soon discovered that the woman employed was allegedly Aimee Stark, Singas said.
Stark allegedly provided a copy of the victim’s teaching certificate, a resume in the victim’s name, a copy of an altered Social Security card and a copy of New York State Driver’s license with the victim’s name, but bearing Stark's photo.
Stark was arrested by members of the Nassau County Police Department on Jan. 15, 2015, and charged with one count of identity theft in the first degree, according to Singas.
While the original case was pending around August 2015, it was discovered by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Provider Oversight Unit that Stark allegedly used the victim’s identity and had obtained employment with numerous other agencies that provided in-home services to special needs children aged 0 to 3 both pre and post-arrest, Singas said.