A Chester County attorney awaiting trial after her husband was given a lethal dose of heroin is being held in a Bucks County jail for credit card fraud.
Diane Lynn Rohrman was arrested last month and charged on multiple counts of theft, robbery, receipt of stolen property, access device fraud, and identity theft based on allegations her father Gerald Rohrman alleged that she misused the power of attorney in 2016, he signed her.
According to an affidavit filed in court by Warminster Detective David Bonacquisti, Diane Rohrman transferred $ 250,000 from an investment account he owns to a savings account where she wrote several checks to pay bills and receive cash.
She also used Gerald Rohrman’s account information to set up credit cards in his name without his knowledge, and then used those cards to spend more than $ 17,000 on her own use rather than his welfare as the Power of Attorney suggests.
Gerald Rohrman originally reported the alleged thefts in August 2019, but Diane Rohrman was not charged until December 21. Bonacquisti estimated the amount of money she took from her father to be more than $ 168,000.
“It took years to investigate,” said Diane Rohrman’s sister and one of Gerald Rohrman’s other daughters, Christine Koper, in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “It was an absolute nightmare, but I think COVID had a lot to do with it.”
Diane Rohrman, 48, of West Chester, was indicted on December 23 by Magisterial District Judge Daniel J. Finello of Warminster, Bucks County. He found a cash deposit of $ 50,000 that she was unable to post. She is currently being held in the Bucks County Correctional Facility and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 10th.
West Chester attorney Eric Stand, who is representing Rohrman in her Chester County criminal case over her husband’s death in August 2019 and also representing her in a civil lawsuit over her handling of Gerald Rohrman’s accounts, declined to comment on the charges on Wednesday . She is due to be tried on the 2019 indictments before Common Pleas Judge Analisa Sondergaard later this month.
Rohrman worked as a product liability attorney and mediator before giving up his license to practice medicine in May. She has allegedly run a landscaping company since then.
In August 2019, the same month that Gerald Rohrman Bonacquisti reported the suspicious activity in his financial accounts, Diane Rohrman was charged by State Police with drug delivery, a felony. These charges relate to the death of her husband, 41-year-old Emeka “Ziggy” Nwadiora Jr., at the shared house near Marshallton-Thorndale Road.
State Police said they were called to the house by Rohrman around 6:45 p.m. on August 17, 2019, who said they found her husband dead in their living room from an apparent drug overdose. According to the arrest affidavit, Rohrman’s account of how her husband – who was under house arrest at the time of his death for parole offense – could get hold of the heroin that killed him changed when she spoke to the investigator, a state soldier Aaron Botts.
The addict Nwadiora passed a drug test at a meeting with his probation officer on August 15, Rohrman told the police officer.
First, she said that Nwadiora had not left the house for two days because of his house arrest, but that he may have arranged for her to have the heroin secretly delivered to him through a friend. Rohrman said Nwadiora asked her to meet with someone in Delaware County, where the couple had previously lived, who wanted to gift him a pair of shoes for his sneaker collection.
She said she picked up the shoebox from the nameless friend, and when her husband came home with it, he was “distanced” and went to a separate part of the house. Rohrman told Botts that the shoes might have contained the heroin without her knowing it.
But when Botts asked about the shoes, which Rohrman said she brought home, she couldn’t identify the pair or the empty box. When the soldier went through the house with Rohrman in search of the shoebox, he wrote that he noticed several wax bags that were typical packaging for heroin – many of them still full.
At one point, Rohrman showed Botts a video of Nwadiora in the middle of his overdose that she allegedly recorded so she could show him how he behaved towards her when he was high on heroin. In it, the soldier saw Nwadiora slide off the couch and sink to the floor after telling Rohrman that he had used seven or eight bags of heroin.
The video showed Rohrman walking out of the room and returning with cocaine that she put on his mouth to revive him. She said Nwadiora had told her in the past to do it and she “saw it on TV” too.
But later, after Botts arranged for her to be interviewed in a patrol car outside her house, Rohrman allegedly admitted that she knowingly delivered the heroin to Nwadiora after threatening to attack her if she didn’t. She said she drove to a Delaware County mall where she bought $ 400 worth of heroin and cocaine and then brought them home.
According to her story, Nwadiora took some of the heroin, then fell asleep and stopped responding. Rohrman not only tried to wake him up with the cocaine, but also used cold compresses to resuscitate him, and “even rocked him gently a few times to wake him up,” according to Bott’s affidavit.
When he finally stopped breathing, she said she called 9-1-1 and started resuscitation until the emergency services arrived.
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