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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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Dory Degen December 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
The entitilement is disgusting. Shame on them.
stewart resmer December 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit The presumption of innocence, sometimes referred to by the Latin expression, non qui negat (the burden of proof lies with who declares, not who denies), is the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty. Application of this principle is a legal right of the accused in a criminal trial, recognised in many nations. The burden of proof is thus on the prosecution, which has to collect and present enough compelling evidence to convince the trier of fact, who is restrained and ordered by law to consider only actual evidence and testimony that is legally admissible, and in most cases lawfully obtained, that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If reasonable doubt remains, the accused is to be acquitted. wikipedia
Scondo December 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Nicely stated Stewart.
Jack Q December 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Where in the article does it say they aren't being given due process? Or is the fact that the article declares them as Democrats got the hair up on the back of your neck. Article clearly uses the word "allegedly". I don't think we need a Latin or civics lesson.
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 December 13, 2012 at 04:17 PM
There will be pfoof beyond ANY shadow of a doubt..................
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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