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Ex-Council Candidate Charged with Forgery to Appear Before Judge

Arlene Marchese and another woman allegedly forged their boss' signature on medical insurance checks for years and collected hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Two former employees of a North Jersey dentist, one of whom was a candidate for local office, are scheduled to have a status conference before a Superior Court judge Monday on charges they diverted nearly $300,000 from their employer into their own private accounts.

Arlene Marchese, a Wayne resident, and Karen Wright are due to appear before Judge Greta Gooden-Brown. 

Both women were charged in December with one count of theft by failing to make proper disposition of property received and one count of forgery, NorthJersey.com previously reported. Both women face up to 10 years in state prison if convicted of the charges.

Marchese worked for Dominick Lembo, a dentist with a North Haledon practice, for 13 years. They performed clerical and office work, which included overseeing the practice’s finances.

Lembo said Marchese and Wright forged his name on the back of insurance checks for seven years and deposited the money into their personal bank accounts.

Lembo said he has accounted for about $300,000 in loses.

Lembo has resubmitted insurance claims for the last 10 years in an attempt to find out who was paid and who wasn’t.

“Everyone knows what the right thing to do its: give me back my money and take responsibility for what you did,” Lembo said. “I’ve lost good will with a lot of patients. My phone has been ringing off the hook because of this.”

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

Depending on what happens at the conference, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office may negotiate a plea agreement with Marchese and Wright, a letter from County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes to Lembo states.

Jay McCann, chief assistant prosecutor with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, who is handling the case, did not return a message seeking comment.

Marchese is the daughter in law of 1st Ward Council candidate Gary Marchese.

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Pad July 28, 2013 at 05:26 AM
Another so called involved member of the community bites the dust in a scandal. Unbelievable!
Justice July 28, 2013 at 06:36 AM
Incredible timing.
Joe videodummy July 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM
As one democrat banished herself from a seat in town, her father becomes a candidate to challenge for another ? According to the New Jersey Department of Corrections: The Edna Mahan Woman's Correctional Facility provides custody and treatment programs for female offender's 16 and older. They have a very good puppies behind bars program that offers an opportunity for inmates to train guide dogs for the blind. This information will be very useful on day, when Arlene is released and looking for a job. She may use her newly acquired expertise to start a guide dog business here in town. Her cliental list could include those who chose her to serve on the board in 2011, as well as those that feel her father would be a good choice to lead the 1st ward.
Njgirl30 July 29, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Maybe instead of making ignorant comments you should make sure you have all the facts first. Didn't anyone ever tell you not to believe everything you read? You honestly think any article written on this site presents all the facts? If so, you are sorely mistaken!!!
Experienced Dr July 29, 2013 at 07:52 PM
THIS article, Njgirl30, is ABSOLUTELY factual...........Make NO mistake!
Experienced Dr July 29, 2013 at 08:34 PM
But................I think you already KNOW that.....First hand...
Experienced Dr July 30, 2013 at 06:10 PM
@ Joe videodummy: You DEFINITELY have my kinda humor! If one cannot find a way to laugh out loud once in a while....its the end of the line!!! Thanks for the giggle!!!
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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