Book­keeper spared prison term for theft from school district

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

KEARNY, N.J. » A book­keeper who stole $190,000 from the New Jersey school district where she worked has been spared a prison term.

Gina Neri must serve five years of pro­ba­tion and pay $318,000 in resti­tu­tion un­der the sen­tence im­posed Fri­day. The 50-year-old North Ar­ling­ton res­i­dent also must file up­dated tax re­turns.

Neri pleaded guilty in July to theft and fail­ure to file a tax re­turn.

Hud­son County prose­cu­tors say Neri wrote checks to her­self that were drawn from the district’s bank ac­count be­tween 2011 and 2017. The district’s busi­ness of­fice no­ticed the dis­crep­an­cies last Oc­to­ber and no­ti­fied au­thor­i­ties.

Neri was sus­pended from her post in the district’s pay­roll depart­ment af­ter be­ing charged. She later re­signed.

Neri’s lawyer says there were “ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances” that led to the thefts, but didn’t pro­vide fur­ther de­tails.

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