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South Hackensack NJ, acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of NICHOLAS CARUSO (DOB: 02/07/1969; married; employed as a medical office manager) of 29 Maple Avenue, South Hackensack, NJ on charges of Theft by Deception and Computer Related Theft. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
In October 2018, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint that Nicholas CARUSO was suspected of using his Bergen County based employer’s Amazon and bank accounts to make purchases for himself and to pay his own personal bills.
An investigation by detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit revealed that between July 2015 and September 2018, Nicholas CARUSO, an office manager at a Bergen County based medical practice, had gained access to his employer’s business checking account and had used online banking and bill pay services to pay his own personal expenses. Those expenses included credit card and vehicle finance charges. CARUSO also established an Amazon account in his employer’s name, which was attached to the business checking account for payment purposes. The total theft by CARUSO was in excess of $150,000.
As a result of the investigation, Nicholas CARUSO was arrested on December 6, 2018 in Hackensack, NJ and charged with one count of Theft By Deception, with the amount involved being greater than $75,000, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4, a 2nd degree crime; and, one count of Computer Related Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25c, with the amount involved being greater than $5,000, a 2nd degree crime. CARUSO is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. 2
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.