BY TOM CLANCEY
OF NORTHERN VALLEY PRESS
This article originally appeared in the Feb. 20, 2017 North edition of Northern Valley Press.
HARRINGTON PARK – An accountant and controller with an unnamed Harrington Park company is accused of diverting and stealing more than $160,000 from the business, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said in a statement.
Investigators found that between Sept. 1, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017, Smith used her role as controller, which gave her access to the company’s computerized payroll system, to disperse herself unauthorized payments in excess of $40,000, Grewal said. In January of this year, Smith diverted payments of about $120,000 to her personal bank account, Grewal said.
The charges against Smith are second degree crimes, which can include potential prison terms of 10 to 20 years. She was arrested in Paramus on Feb. 14 and is due in county court on March 1.