TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR MARK MUSELLA
DATE: OCTOBER 4, 2019
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrests of KRISTINE WHITING (DOB: 01/22/1975; married; unemployed) of 2 Duer Street, North Plainfield, NJ on charges of Conspiracy to Commit theft By Deception and Money Laundering; and JAMES WHITING (DOB: 08/30/1974; married; truck driver) of 2 Duer Street, North Plainfield NJ on a charge of Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception. The arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
In June 2019, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received information that KRISTINE WHITING had stolen from her former employer by taking funds from the company’s bank account. The investigation revealed that the former employer would provide KRISTINE WHITING with the company’s business checks for the purpose of obtaining certified bank checks to make payments for one of its business expense accounts. After obtaining the certified bank checks, KRISTINE WHITING would cash or deposit the checks, which totaled over $100,000.00, into her personal bank accounts or the accounts of her husband, JAMES WHITING.
As the result of the investigation, KRISTINE WHITING was arrested on October 2, 2019 in North Plainfield, NJ and charged with one count of Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4a, a 2nd degree crime, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-25b(1), a 2nd degree crime.
JAMES WHITING was also arrested on October 2, 2019 in North Plainfield, NJ and charged with one count of Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Deception, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4a, a 2nd degree crime.
KRISTINE WHITING and JAMES WHITING are scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would like to thank the North Plainfield Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.