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Brick Woman Gets Jail Time for Stealing From Employer

Kathleen Baker, 54, sentenced Wednesday in $1.1M scam

A Brick woman has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for stealing $1.1 million from the law firm she once managed.

Kathleen Baker, 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court on Wednesday, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman's office. She had previously pleaded guilty before Wolfson to one count of wire fraud.

According to court documents, Baker admitted that between June 2003 and June 2009, she embezzled from her former employer, referred to in court documents as an unnamed law firm, by wrongfully writing checks from the firm’s accounts, diverting the money to accounts she controlled and paying off personal credit cards. Baker, who had access to the law firm’s bank accounts in order to perform her duties as its office manager, used that access to divert more than $1.1 million for her personal benefit, authorities said.

Among other things, she opened a bank account in the name of a fictitious company called “Corporate Solutions” in order to conceal the flow of money. Baker’s actions caused wire transfers of large sums of money among various banks in the Federal Reserve System, according to Fishman's statement.

In addition to the prison term, Wolfson sentenced Baker to two years of supervised release and also ordered her to pay a $7,500 fine. A restitution hearing was scheduled for January 5, 2012.

Fishman credited special agents of the Red Bank FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, for their work in the investigation that led to Wednesday’s sentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah M. Wolfe represented the government in the matter. Baker was represented by Freehold attorney Ron Sage.

David Daur November 09, 2011 at 09:23 PM
Look at Richard Cunningham, the treasurer and "Beast of the East" mascot from the Toms River Little League. He stole almost a quarter of a million dollars from the kids for his own personal use, diverted the money to his private accounts, pleaded guilty when he got caught, received the maximum 10 prison sentence and just 7 months later he's out of jail. What's the deterrent to keep the low life scumbags from committing these crimes? I'm sure his sons are proud of what he did to their family name. She should receive the maximum sentence by law and they both should have to do the full 10 years for what they did to this community. That money was supposed to build the future kids a new baseball field.
David Daur November 09, 2011 at 09:25 PM
He received a 10 year prison sentence but only did 7 months. What a joke!
DH November 09, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Robbing Peter to pay Paul, indeed.
concerned citizen November 10, 2011 at 04:17 AM
With that much money, she certainly could have paid more than just Paul! I hate thieves!!!!!
Penny November 10, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Wow, crime does pay. She steals $1.1 million dollars and only gets 33 months. She'll probably be out in less than a year. What a joke our system has turned into.
Anthony November 10, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Shell definitely be out in less than a year, probably closer to 3 months

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