Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of Darren Pavesi, 55, of Woodcliff Lake, on charges of Theft By Deception and Theft By Failure To Make Lawful Disposition Of Property Received.
Officials say based upon information received by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit, an investigation revealed that beginning in April 2014, Pavesi abused his position as a court appointed guardian of an incapacitated person and misused the funds of his ward. Pavesi used his ward’s financial assets for his own benefit, misappropriating funds to make unauthorized payments to himself and to pay his own personal expenses. He received monies that, by court order, were due to be paid to his ward and a second victim which he misappropriated to himself, resulting in a total theft in excess of $50,000.
Authorities arrested Pavesi on Sept. 5th in Paramus and charged with one count of Theft By Deception, with the amount involved being greater than $500 but less than $75,000 and one count of Theft By Failure To Make Lawful Disposition Of Property Received.
Officials say Pavesi is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on Sept. 19th at 8:30 a.m.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.