NEW BRUNSWICK — A Woodbridge woman has been sentenced to serve four years in a New Jersey State prison for stealing $302,000 from a physician while working as his office manager in North Brunswick, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today.
Joan Baskakow, 51, also was ordered to repay the money that was taken from the physician between April 2005 and April 2012. Approximately $90,000 has been repaid, and the defendant signed a consent order agreeing to repay the balance.
She was sentenced to the term in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz on Monday, June 3. The defendant pleaded guilty on April 2 to a count of theft by unlawful taking.
Baskakow was charged after Investigator Lisa Collins and Lt. Daniel DelBagno, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, determined that the defendant took 680 checks in various amounts and deposited them in a personal account while she worked as the physician’s office manager at his practice in North Brunswick.
The investigation began after the physician uncovered the thefts and contacted police.
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