Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $512K

From the North Jersey Media Group on 2/5/2015:

A Clifton man faces a possible seven years in prison after admitting Thursday that he embezzled more than $500,000 from a Clifton pharmaceutical importer.

Steven Dilk, 60, of Clifton, a former warehouse supervisor and operations manager for SST Corp., entered a guilty plea to a charge of second-degree theft by deception before Superior Court Judge Randal C. Chiocca in Passaic County. Under a plea deal, the state will recommend seven years in state prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for April 17. Dilk will be required to pay full restitution.

According to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, Dilk's thefts occurred between January 2006 and April 2013, when Dilk left SST to work for a competitor.

Hoffman said Dilk defrauded SST by getting reimbursed for import fees he never paid. Before 2006, SST had its products shipped through John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where it sometimes faced "gate charges" that would be paid by Dilk, who would then be reimbursed by the company.

But after 2005, SST received its shipments through Philadelphia International Airport, where it hired a shipping broker that paid any fees. Although Dilk did not incur any expenses for shipments through Philadelphia, he submitted numerous false receipts to SST for "gate charges" that he claimed to have paid. As a result, he fraudulently received reimbursement totaling $512,047, authorities said.

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