Maple Shade Woman Charged With Stealing Over $600K From Company
Authorities in Burlington County say a woman has been arrested after she allegedly used a company's credit card to make over $614,000 in personal purchases. One of those purchases was for a, "buttock augmentation procedure."
Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Cinnaminson Township Police Chief Richard A. Calabrese say 41-year-old Karen O’Brien has been charged with theft by unlawful taking (second degree) and computed related activity for the purpose of executing a scheme to defraud (second degree). She was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop in Gloucester City; she was in possession of nearly $30,000 cash when she was taken into custody.
Officials say O'Brien worked at Cinnaminson-based SEA BOX, Inc., a shipping and storage container company, as a human resources manager.
The investigation began after SEA BOX officials informed the Cinnaminson Township Police Department late last year that O’Brien had been caught embezzling funds. The investigation revealed that over a 12-month period, O’Brien, who served as human resources manager, had used the company’s credit card for personal expenses totaling $614,499.
The investigation further revealed that O’Brien made several purchases of designer clothes, handbags, and other accessories from luxury stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, among others. She also used the company credit card to purchase airfare, rental cars and lodging accommodations for her and others to vacation in Puerto Rico, and even used it to pay for herself and a friend to undergo buttock augmentation procedures at a Las Vegas plastic surgery center.
O’Brien remains in custody pending a hearing in Superior Court. Afterward, the case will be prepared for presentation to a grand jury for possible indictment.