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Lucent Planner Keeps Winners' Checks
A former administrative assistant for Hanover
Township, N.J.-based communications firm Lucent Technologies has
plead guilty to stealing more than $92,000 in the form of gift
checks meant as incentives for employees. The thefts, which
occurred between May 1998 and September 1999, were discovered
through an internal audit.
According to the Daily Record, a Morristown, N.J.-based
newspaper, Valerie Ivkovich was responsible for ordering and
issuing American Express Gift Cheques for employees who earned
them. Her defense lawyer acknowledged that Ivkovich kept the checks
and cashed them for her personal use.
At press time, Ivkovich had accepted a plea bargain that calls
for probation and a sentence of up to 364 days spent in a Morris
County, N.J., jail.
According to Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Leslie Wade, the
sentence could be waived if Ivkovich paid the stolen funds back by
the end of October.
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