Release* Date: December 11, 2009
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: December 11, 2009
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that the
Karen Cuomo (DOB 9/17/57) of South River admitted a third degree count of theft by deception, and said her daughter was at Rowan University when some of the payments were made between September 2007, and July 2009.
the daughter, Tracey Cuomo, (DOB 2/3/86) also of
a plea agreement negotiated with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Manuel
Sameiro, Karen Cuomo faces a term of 364 days at the
As part of the agreement, she must forfeit her job, will never again be permitted to hold a public job and must repay the borough $696.
is scheduled to be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa at the
Middlesex County Courthouse in
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.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Tracey Cuomo are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.