Woodbridge Man Admits To Stealing Over $900,000 From Local Trucking Company

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NEWARK—A former employee of a Hudson County based interstate trucking company pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with his scheme to defraud the business of over $900,000, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Herbert Rodriguez, 44, of Woodbridge, a former employee of J.F. Lomma, Inc., pleaded guilty on March 2 before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden. She released the defendant on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for June 7.

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At his plea hearing, Rodriguez admitted that from December 2000 until August 2005, he conspired with John Santini, 62, currently residing in Casselberry, Fla., and others to submit fictitious vendor invoices to J.F. Lomma, Inc. As a result, Rodriguez obtained hundreds of checks from his employer totaling more than $900,000, which were cashed at a checkcashing business located in Newark.

Santini pleaded guilty before Hayden on Jan. 25, to a one-count Information that charged him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Hayden continued Santini’s release on a $250,000 bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for May 17.

The charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud carries a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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