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Report: Wayne Woman Who Admittedly Stole $200K Avoids Jail Time

Women who admitted to diverting insurance checks from their dentist employer to a private account have already started paying back the money, report says.

Two former dental office employees will avoid jail time, partially because they have already started paying back the $200,000 they admittedly stole from their employer, NorthJersey.com reported.

In March, Arlene Marchese, 35, of Wayne and Karen Wright, 44, of Wyckoff, admitted that between 2005 and 2011 they received reimbursement checks from insurance companies. Instead of depositing them in Dr. Dominick Lembo's Haledon dental office's bank account, they kept the payments for their own personal use, the report said.

On Friday, a superior court judged sentenced both women to five years' probation, and set up a payment plan that will see them pay back the rest of the $200,000, the report said.

According to the report, Lembo spoke at the sentencing Friday, saying he felt 'raped' by the two longtime employees, who received 'handsome' bonuses and at least five vacations while they were working for him. 

Jack Q June 23, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Wasn't one of them a sister of a Democratic candidate? Smells fishy.
Brad June 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Something is fishy, but it has nothing to do with the Democratic party... Why wouldn't you press charges on an employee who stole almost $300K from you plus took advantage of other perks as well?
Chris Traynor June 23, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Why would the dentist (who says he feels "raped") not press charges and/or sue them civilly to retrieve his money post haste? Remember, the dentist didn't just lose the $200,000 in his pocket, he lost the USE OF THE MONEY (or a portion of it) each of the 6-years of embezzlement - now he has to wait 5 MORE YEARS to get it - that's 11 years of missing money from his own family's wealth (if the money was stolen in equal amounts each year there would be a mathematical way to state his dollar loss but I'm not that smart). WTF? The article makes no mention of any interest or penalties nor does it mention any tax issues with the IRS or State of New Jersey. It seems to me, with the exception of seeing their names in the paper a few times (the public forgets these things pretty easily because the next scandal pushes it out of our brains) and having to pay their own legal fees, this is essentially a "do over" for these two ladies.
Wayne's World June 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM
A lot of people feel at least some jail time is warranted. Probably were able to avoid it due to being first time, non-violent offenders and an overcrowded prison system. Doesn't make it right though. Chris, restitution can be ordered by a criminal court so as to make civil lawsuit unnecessary, which is probably what happened here. I guess the only good outcome of the women not being incarcerated is that there is a chance the dentist will actually see the full amount returned. In these types of cases, there is usually statutory interest included to make up for the opportunity cost lost to the Dr. Last I heard, statutory rate was about 9%, which is at least 8% above what most standard bank deposits are paying.
Pad June 25, 2014 at 07:59 AM
This is what is wrong in America, These people not paying for their crimes. Many people have served time for stealing a few hundred dollars and yet these people walk away with re-payment terms, probation etc. What a disgrace. These people were treated well from their employer and then stole from him on top of it He sent them on paid vacations etc. To some people they just never have enough money and are always trying to be better then others like the Guidices from NJ Housewives. I guess they had plenty of stolen money to pay for a big name lawyer. They should in the least be made to sell everything to pay this money back ASAP.


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