A Salem woman who admitted last summer to stealing about $850,000 from her Mount Laurel employer was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday in Burlington County.
Lee Anne Kryszczak, 52, a financial controller, exploited a weakness in the company’s systems to divert the money to her own bank account from 2009 through 2017, and used the funds for personal living expenses‚the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office announced.
The prosecutor’s office did not name the company. Kryszczak pleaded guilty in August 2018 to theft by deception and and failure to file a tax return.
In addition to the prison term, Burlington County Judge Philip E. Haines ordered her to pay back every penny investigators linked to her thievery – $848,042.48.
The prosecutor’s office said Kryszczak worked on employee’s expenses, and the company used a web-based expense reimbursement system that did not communicate automatically with the company’s accounting software and payroll system.
After being input, expense reports had to be manually inputted into the payroll system, a task for which Kryszczak was responsible. Employees could also have their expense money be directly deposited into their bank accounts.
Kryszczak added her own bank account to the system as well, and added money to it for years.
Assistant Prosecutor Andrew McDonnell and former prosecutor’s Detective Wayne Comegno worked the case.