A man, 54, from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, has been sentenced to six years in prison for embezzling more than $4 million from three companies for which he worked.
The man's job was to ensure that the thousands of vehicles that the companies owned were registered. He did register the vehicles, but he also reportedly registered the same vehicles again and again. When he received payment for those registrations, he used it to pay for things like a personal trainer, a Mercedes and rent a Jersey Shore residence. The man apparently ran the scam from 2005 through 2013.
The investigation took a long time to complete, and the man was arrested back in March 2014. The actual charge is second-degree theft by deception and the victims were New England Motor Freight, Carrier Industries, Inc. and Eastern Freightways, Inc. The maximum sentence for that charge is 10 years in prison.
When it comes to charges such as these, you may learn that you are the focus of an investigation. Before you speak with any police officer about the investigation, be sure to request your attorney. Just as in the television police shows, anything you say can be used against you. Don't say anything until your attorney advises you.
This case went on for a couple of years. It's important to realize that actually getting to court in a criminal case can take a long time. Have patience, avoid trouble and trust your attorney. These things can all have a positive effect on your life, and possibly on your criminal case.
Source: NJ.com, "Berkeley Heights man sentenced in $4M embezzlement scheme," Tom Haydon, NJ Advance Medi, Feb. 27, 2016