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Rockleigh employee charged with stealing $50,000 from co-workers’ 401k accounts

Photo Credit: Courtesy Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A former employee at the Rockleigh plant of a company that distributed printed materials lifted documents and computer information for co-workers that allowed him to steal more than $50,000 from their 401k accounts, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this afternoon.

Maurice Golden, 33, of East Orange, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with identity theft and trafficking charges following an investigation by Molinelli’s White Collar Crimes Squad.

Detectives also charged him with obstruction and hindering apprehension after he insisted that he was actually his younger brother, Molinelli said.

“Fingerprints later confirmed his true identity,” the prosecutor said.

Golden worked the E-Commerce Division of Publishers Circulation Fulfillment as it was closing its King Road facility as part of company downsizing, Molinelli said.

Using “access to the documents and computer terminals that contained the personal identifying information of his fellow employees, including information about the employees’ corporate sponsored 401K accounts maintained with Fidelity Brokerage Services,” Golden lifted names, Social Security numbers and birthdates to reset passwords on the acounts, the prosecutor said.

He then transferred funds to other accounts, borrowed funds against the accounts or withdraw cash outright, he said.

Golden, however, used his own phone and computer — leaving digital fingerprints — while impersonating his victims, Molinelli said.

He was being held on $100,000 bail at the Bergen County Jail pending grand jury action.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

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