Kearny BOE bookkeeper accused of stealing $190k charged with tax violations

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A former bookkeeper for the Kearny Board of Education accused of stealing $190,000 from the school district has been hit with new charges alleging tax violations, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

Kearny Board of Education photo via Kearnyschools.com. Gina Neri photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Monday, Gina Neri, age 50, of North Arlington, was charged with multiple tax violations by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Public Integrity Special
Investigations Unit, Suarez said in a statement.

The new charges came after a joint investigation was completed involving the State of New Jersey Division of Taxation — Office of Criminal Investigation.

Neri, a former payroll department bookkeeper for the Kearny Board of Education was charged with failure to file a return, failure to pay and the filing of fraudulent return, authorities said.

Neri surrendered to detectives of the Public Integrity Special Investigations Unit without incident while accompanied by her attorney. She was criminally processed and released on her own recognizance.

She is scheduled to make her first appearance on these charges in Central Judicial
Processing Court on June 5, 2018.

Suarez credited the State of New Jersey Division of Taxation – Office of Criminal Investigation for their assistance in the investigation.

The tax investigation leading to these new charges was initiated after Neri was charged on
January 22 for the alleged theft of approximately $190,000 from the Kearny BOE in which she unlawfully negotiated checks drawn from their bank account throughout the years of 2011 to 2017, officials said.

She allegedly used those funds for her personal benefit.

Additionally, the Kearny Board of Education assisted the Public Integrity Special Investigations Unit throughout the process.