ROSELLE, NJ - A Roselle woman that worked as a former site manager for a temporary staffing agency was sentenced to 3 years in prison for stealing $190,000 from the agency where she was employed.

According to Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, Xiomara Jovel, 47, of Roselle, was sentenced to three years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue in Union County on Friday. Jovel pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, 2018 to second-degree theft by deception. She is also required to pay full restitution to the former employer.

According to authorities, Jovel was formerly employed as an onsite manager for the temporary staffing agency which provides temporary employees to various businesses in New Jersey.  As an onsite manager, Jovel was based at a warehouse of one of the agency’s major clients and handled the payroll for the temporary employees who worked at the warehouse.  One option by which employees of the temporary staffing agency are paid is through pre-paid debit cards, or “cash cards,” which do not require a bank account.  Funds placed on the cash card by the employer can be withdrawn by the employee from any ATM.  

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Authorities said the investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice revealed that Jovel fabricated wages for six individuals who no longer worked for the agency.  She diverted the fictitious wages to cash cards in the employees’ names, and then withdrew the funds for her personal use. Jovel stole $190,000 from the temporary staffing agency between 2014 and 2016.

“Dishonest employees like Jovel cause significant losses for businesses, which ultimately have a detrimental impact on commerce, employment, and consumers,” said Attorney General Grewal.  “We are committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting white collar crime.”

“The attorneys, detectives, and analysts in our Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau investigate and prosecute all types of financial fraud,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice.  “We will continue to use our expertise to stop these schemes and bring those responsible to justice.”

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