TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of JENNIFER A. SMITH (DOB: 03/06/1984; married; and unemployed) of 38 Grayson Place, Teaneck, NJ, on computer related theft and theft by deception charges. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Financial Crimes Unit under the direction of Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, and the Harrington Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Albert MAALOUF.
On February 8, 2017, the Harrington Park Police Department received a complaint of embezzlement from representatives of a Harrington Park based company. It had been determined that a recently terminated accountant and controller, Jennifer A. SMITH, had diverted and stolen funds in excess of $160,000.
A cooperative investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit and the Harrington Park Police Department revealed that between September 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017, Ms. SMITH, in her role as controller, had accessed the company’s computerized payroll system and had disbursed unauthorized payments to herself in excess of $40,000. The investigation revealed further, that in January of 2017, Ms. SMITH utilized her access to the company’s computerized accounts payable (banking) system to divert payments, approximately $120,000, to her own personal banking account.
As a result of the investigation, JENNIFER A. SMITH was arrested on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Paramus, NJ and charged with one count of Computer Related Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25c, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Theft by Deception, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, a 2nd degree crime. Ms. SMITH is scheduled to appear in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court for a first appearance on Wednesday, March 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.