ELIZABETH, NJ – For nearly a decade, a Berkeley Heights man had been stealing what amounted to  more than $4 million from his Elizabeth-based employer and has been sentenced to six years in state prison, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced February 26.

Albert Thomson, 54, was sentenced Friday before state Superior Court Judge Frederic McDaniel. He was arrested in March 2014 after a lengthy investigation by Elizabeth Police Department.

Thomson’s duties had included registering many of the companies’ thousands of vehicles in the states where they operate, Union County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Vanderstreet, who prosecuted the case, explained. It was discovered that from 2005 through 2013, Thomson would put in registration requests for vehicles that had already been registered, then pocket or spend the checks cut by his employers to cover the costs.

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In addition to New England Motor Freight, Thomson also stole funds from  two related companies, Eastern Freightways Inc. and Carrier Industries Inc., according to Vanderstreet.

Thomson ultimately used the money to purchase a Mercedes-Benz, to rent a residence at the Jersey Shore, to provide himself with a personal trainer, and to pay credit-card bills, among other things.