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Ex-Council Candidate Arraigned on Theft Charge

Arlene Marchese and another woman allegedly stole more than $200K in insurance payments.

A one-time candidate for local office pleaded not guilty to theft in State Superior Court Monday, NorthJersey.com reported.

Arlene Marchese, 34, and Karen Wright, 42, of Wyckoff, were arraigned on charges they diverted more than $200,000 in insurance payments into their own private accounts. They were originally charged Sept. 26, the website reported.

Marchese was a Democratic candidate in 2011 for the 2nd Ward council seat. Wayne Democratic Chairman Ray Egatz replaced her for unspecified reasons.

Marchese’s phone number was not listed.

Both women face up to 10 years in state prison if convicted on the charges, NorthJersey.com reported. They are scheduled to return before Judge Gooden Brown for a status conference Feb. 4.

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Sore Ears December 05, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Wise men talk because they have something to say, fools talk because they have to say something. Plato
the dude December 06, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Ubi fumus, ibi ignis
Experienced Dr March 11, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Definitely both Dude.............
Experienced Dr December 20, 2013 at 03:25 PM
So....as 2013 closes......it seems the suspects have no true intention to make pleas w/ restitution.......Therefore, reliable sources have it that there will be a trial where these women will face TEN year jail terms.......

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