Sales manager, husband accused of stealing $100K from retirement community

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel

By Kate Jacobson

Published October 23, 2014

A sales manager for a retirement facility and her husband were arrested Tuesday after her employer accused the couple of stealing more than $100,000 from the business, according to an arrest report..

Lantana police said they got a call on Oct. 6 from Justin Brown, the executive director for the Carlisle — an independent and assisted living center for senior citizens — about an employee who was possibly stealing from the business.

Management because suspicious after one real estate agent was constantly getting large referral payments. The real estate agent, based out of Royal Palm Beach, had received about $100,000. Brown told deputies he thought that was strange, because the residents who reportedly were referred to the Carlisle by the real estate agent said they had never met him.The checks to the real estate agent were authorized by Deonath, according to the report. The real estate agent is facing the same charges as Deonath and her Rodney Jagessar, according to the report, but the real estate agent has not been arrested.

Natasha Deonath, left, and Rodney Jagessar, right, are accused of stealing money from Deonath’s employer.

Lantana police asked Deonath if she knew the real estate agent, and she said while he sold her parents a condo a few years ago, she did not have a personal relationship with him. She told deputies she was shocked to hear of these allegations and said she could prove she and the real estate agent were not working together to scam the business.

The real estate agent, however, told police a different story.

According to the report, the real estate agent said he was working with Deonath and Jagessar to get the kickback from the retirement home. When residents would come into the community to sign leases without help from a real estate agent, Deonath would sign paperwork saying the real estate agent identified in this case had referred them, according to the report.

The real estate agent would cash the check and then write Jagessar a check, deputies said. The first check was cut in Feburary 2012 and the last one was written on Sept. 11, records show.

In total, the company lost $104,680, records show.

The real estate agent declined to comment for this story on Wednesday when reached by phone.

In a recorded phone call between the real estate agent and Deonath obtained by police, Deonath argued that their business was legitimate. She said older people have bad memories and maybe they didn’t remember meeting him, according to the report.

In a statement on Wednesday, The Carlisle management said Deonath is no longer employed at the company and that this issue is an isolated incident.

“We are proud of the quality of care and amenities we provide residents at The Carlisle and our operations continue as usual,” the statement said.

Deonath could not be reached for comment despite telephone calls. Jagessar declined to comment and referred questions to his lawyer.

Deonath and Jagessar are charged with money laundering, organized fraud and grand theft. Deonath and Jagessar were released from the Palm Beach County Jail Wednesday.