Release* Date: March 8, 2010
Middlesex County Prosecutor’s
*News Release* Date: March 8, 2010
Ex-parks director jailed for theft
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J, Kaplan announced that the former South River parks and recreation director was sentenced today to serve 180 days in jail for theft after admitting she paid her daughter $696 for work that was never performed for the borough.
Cuomo (DOB 9/17/57) of
During a hearing at the Middlesex County Courthouse, Judge DeVesa also barred Cuomo from ever again holding a public job.
was sentenced after she pleaded guilty on December 11, 2009, to a third degree
count of theft by deception, admitting her daughter was at
addition, the daughter, Tracey Cuomo, (DOB 2/3/86) also of
Karen Cuomo pleaded guilty after reaching a plea agreement negotiated with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Manuel Sameiro.
mother and daughter were charged on October 8, 2009, after Detective Robert
Macloskey of the South River Police Department and Sgt.
The investigation further determined that the mother, who worked as Tracey Cuomo’s supervisor, approved and submitted documents for the uncompleted work.
Karen Cuomo, who served as the borough’s director of parks and recreation, was suspended without pay after she was charged. She began working for the borough on June 6, 1998.
Tracey Cuomo was dismissed from her job on Aug. 12, 2009. She began working for parks and recreation on October 10, 2000, as a part-time employee and was earning $8 per hour.