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Woodland Park Woman Gets 1 Year For Scamming Bergen Watch Manufacturer

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WOODLAND PARK, N.J. -- A former Bergen County watch company employee from Woodland Park was sentenced to a year in federal prison Thursday for scamming the company out of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of watches and parts.

Lissette Delarosa, 37, pleaded in May to mail fraud conspiracy, admitting that she doctored corporate records to pull off the thefts with Cynthia “Cynthia Espejo" Alvarez  50, of Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.

Alvarez pleaded guilty to the same offense and was sentenced on July 8 to two years probation.

Espejo and Delarosa worked in the customer service department when they conducted the fraud for seven years, beginning in 2003, a complaint on file in U.S. District Court alleges.

They “created hundreds of fictitious invoices for watch parts in the manufacturer’s invoice system and directed those parts to be sent to addresses associated with (them),” the complaint says.

“The watch manufacturer received no payment related to these invoices and no legitimate basis existed for providing the parts free of charge,” it says.

Espejo and Delarosa also created dozens of fictitious customer complaints in the watch manufacturer’s invoice system, which resulted in “replacement” watches being shipped to the addresses, Fishman added.

Fishman credited inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with making the case, handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Svetlana M. Eisenberg of his Criminal Division in Newark.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Shipp sentenced Delarosa to three years of supervised release and ordered her to forfeit $126,460.81.

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