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Avenel Woman Sentenced to State Prison for $300G Theft

Allison Tanzola of Avenel will serve five years in state prison for pilfering refunds due to customers.

An accounts receivables clerk was sentenced to five years in prison for diverting more than $300,000 in refunds due to customers to her personal accounts.

Allison T. Tanzola, 34, admitted in a plea deal with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office that she stole the money from her employer, Brown & Bigelow, a Minnesota-base promotional products maker. Tanzola stole the money from the firm's branch office in Woodbridge where she worked, said Jim O'Neill, spokesman for the county prosecutor's office.

Tanzola, an Avenel resident who had worked for the company for 9 years, admitted to the theft, which took place from February 2007 to February 2010.  

She waived her right to a trial and plead guilty to charges of second-degree theft. Tanzola was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman to state prison on Monday and ordered to repay the $305,771.68 she stole.

The company contacted authorities after they noticed the money was missing. 

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