South River Parks Director And Daughter Charged With Theft

SOUTH RIVER—The borough’s parks and recreation director and her daughter have been charged with stealing approximately $650 that was paid to the daughter for work she never performed, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and South River Police Chief John Bouthillette announced today.

Karen Cuomo, 52, and her daughter, Tracey Cuomo, 23, both of South River, were issued summonses on Oct. 8, charging them with theft and conspiring to commit theft from the borough between September 2007 and August 2009, authorities said.


They were charged with the third degree offenses following an investigation by Detective Robert Macloskey of the South River Police Department and Sgt. Pamela Jeffrey of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office after it was determined that the daughter claimed she worked for parks and recreation on various dates and collected pay when she was not actually working.

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 pending the outcome of the case. 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 Oct. 10, 2000, as a part-time employee and was earning $8 per hour.

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