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Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of ANNMARIE NERI (DOB: 10/07/1973; married; bookkeeper) of 310 Prospect Avenue, Apt. 124, Hackensack, NJ on charges of Theft By Deception, Money Laundering, and Forgery. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Hackensack Police Department under the direction of Officer in Charge Captain Peter Busciglio.
On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received information from a complainant regarding possible check fraud in Bergen County. The investigation revealed that ANNMARIE NERI, who was working as a bookkeeper for a Bergen County-based psychologist, had intercepted numerous checks from her employer and diverted the checks into an account that she had created in a family member’s name. ANNMARIE NERI subsequently moved the funds into her own personal bank account and used the money for her own personal expenses. During a period of approximately five years, NERI diverted and deposited in excess of $100,000.
On Thursday, October 22, 2020, ANNMARIE NERI was arrested and charged with one count of Theft By Deception, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C: 20-4, a 2nd degree crime; one count of Money Laundering, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Forgery, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1, a 3rd degree crime. She was released on a summons.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.