TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: JANUARY 17, 2017
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of ANTONIO L. GUTIERREZ (DOB: 02/04/1977; married/separated; and employed as a sales manager) of 487 Shaler Boulevard, Ridgefield, NJ on charges of theft, money laundering and fraud. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Financial Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, and the Leonia Police Department under the direction of Chief Thomas P. ROWE.
In October of 2016, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Leonia Police Department received a complaint from a financial institution (lender) regarding the theft of proceeds of the sale of motor vehicles by ANTONIO L. GUTIERREZ, the owner/operator of a used car dealership, The Luxury Haus. The complainant, a motor vehicle dealer floor plan lender, reported that Mr. GUTIERREZ had defaulted on motor vehicle liens valued in excess of $5,000,000. As a result of an action to foreclose on the dealership, the lender suspected that proceeds in excess of $1,000,000 were missing and/or had been stolen.
An investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit and the Leonia Police Department revealed that Mr. GUTIERREZ had received the proceeds from the sales of numerous motor vehicles and had failed to report the sales or remit the monies, as contracted, to the lender. Mr. GUTIERREZ then acted to conceal the proceeds of his illicit activity by completing transfers of the monies to bank accounts unknown to the lender and unrelated to the initial sales transactions. It was determined that the proceeds, in excess of $1,000,000, were then utilized by Mr. GUTIERREZ for his own purposes.
As a result of the investigation, ANTONIO GUTIERREZ was arrested on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Englewood, NJ, and was charged with Theft by Failure to make Required Disposition, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-9, a crime of the 2nd degree; Financial Facilitation of Criminal Activity (Money Laundering), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25b(2)a., a crime of the 1st degree; and Defrauding Secured Creditors, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-12, a crime of the 4th degree.
GUTIERREZ is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on February 1, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.
Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the Leonia Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.