Former employee charged with stealing $6 million from New England Motor Freight

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | Monday, March 31, 2014

A former employee for a New Jersey-based trucking company, New England Motor Freight, is facing theft charges after allegedly stealing more than $6 million from the company over a nine-year period.

Albert Thomson, 48, of Berkeley Heights, N.J., was charged with second-degree theft by deception following a “prolonged investigation” conducted by the Elizabeth, N.J., Police Department. He was initially being held on a $250,000 bond until March 24, when he was released on bail, an employee in the central booking department at the Elizabeth Police Department told Land Line.

From 2004 through November 2013, Thomson would allegedly put in “registration requests for vehicles that had already been registered.” He then would cash the cashiers’ checks issued by NEMF, according to a news release issued by the Union County, N.J., prosecutor’s office.

Mark Spivey, director of communications for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, told Land Line on Friday, March 28, that the alleged scam was referred to the Elizabeth Police Department by NEMF, which “uncovered the alleged theft when an employee noticed an accounting discrepancy.”

“We then assisted the Elizabeth Police Department in their investigation,” Spivey told Land Line.

The release states that Thomson used the money he gained through the alleged scam to purchase a Mercedes-Benz, to rent a residence at the Jersey Shore, to pay off credit card bills, and to hire a personal trainer.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s website, NEMF has 1,438 power units and 1,462 drivers. NEMF, based in Elizabeth, N.J., is owned by Myron P. (Mike) Shevell. His daughter Nancy Shevell, who is married to Sir Paul McCartney, is vice president of administration at NEMF.

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