Essex County Prosecutor Paula T. Dow announced Thursday that a Nutley woman, formerly employed as an accounts payable clerk at a Bloomfield auto dealership, has been charged for allegedly stealing more than $500,000 from her employer.
Karen Sosa, 43, formerly of Nutley, last living in Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida, was arrested yesterday at her Florida apartment by members of the U.S. Marshals.
Sosa has been charged with first-degree money laundering and second-degree theft by deception. She is expected to be extradited back to Essex County early next week.
If proven guilty of the charges in a court of law, the defendant could face between 15 to 30 years in prison.
According to Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Grady, Sosa had been recently employed as a clerk at the Lynnes Nissan, located on Bloomfield Ave. in Bloomfield.
In November, 2008, following an internal audit, representatives from Lynnes Nissan contacted the Essex County Prosecutor's Economic Crimes Unit to report a theft of more than $545,000 from their accounts payable department. An investigation was soon thereafter launched. Detectives contend the theft occurred during multiple intervals between 2007 and 2008. In June 2009, detectives contacted Sosa and requested she come in for questioning. Sosa was never heard from again until she was traced to an apartment in Broward County, Florida, by the U.S. Marshals.
Prosecutor Dow commended lead Detective Daniel Francis of the Essex County Prosecutor's Economic Crimes Unit for the investigation. Dow also praised the members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force for the arrest.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
— GARRETT MORRISON, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM