Three individuals dealing with costs within the theft of greater than $1 million from a New Jersey enterprise allegedly spent among the cash on autographed sports activities memorabilia signed by among the greatest superstars within the sports activities world, authorities stated.
Regina DeComa, 36, of Cedar Grove, Daybreak Becker, 55, of Oakland, and Allan Soriano, 42, of Cedar Grove are charged in thefts that occurred at a Fairfield enterprise, stated police, who recovered memorabilia signed by Eli Manning, Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter.
The victims, who requested police to not launch the title of their enterprise, stated the suspects stole greater than $1 million from October 2018 to final August, in keeping with Police Chief Anthony Manna.
Whereas working for the corporate, DeComa and Becker allegedly made unauthorized funds to themselves and charged private objects to company accounts, Manna stated.
DeComa was the corporate’s workplace supervisor and Becker was the monetary comptroller. To facilitate their alleged crimes, DeComa opened an unauthorized company American Categorical card in her title, Manna stated.
“It’s even alleged that DeComa, who’s engaged to Soriano, bought her personal engagement ring with the theft proceeds,” the chief stated.
Soriano, who’s the proprietor of AJ’s Lunchbox in West Caldwell, is accused of utilizing stolen cash to renovate his deli “in March when most eateries had been closing down as a result of COVID19 pandemic,” Manna stated.
The five-month investigation reached a climax on Dec. 9 when Fairfield police executed search warrants at two Cedar Grove houses and the deli in West Caldwell, discovering a trove of priceless objects, Manna stated.
Detectives recovered sports activities memorabilia and different objects they imagine had been bought with stolen cash, in keeping with Manna.
The memorabilia included a framed jersey signed by Michael Jordan, valued at $10,000, a framed game-used base signed by Derek Jeter, and several other autographed Eli Manning helmets and images, Manna stated.
Police additionally took away a Peloton bicycle and DeComa’s engagement ring, Manna stated.
DeComa and Soriano had been arrested after the search warrant was executed. Becker surrendered to Fairfield police on Monday, Mannas stated.
DeComa was charged with bank card theft, theft by deception, company misconduct and three counts of conspiracy.
Soriano was charged with bank card theft, theft by deception and two counts of conspiracy.
Becker was charged with bank card theft, theft by deception, company misconduct and three counts of conspiracy and launched on her personal recognizance.
All three had been launched on their very own recognizance pending future courtroom hearings, in keeping with the chief.
“This was an intensive and complete investigation that took a while for our investigators to totally decide the whole scope of the felony exercise however they did an impressive job” Manna stated.
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