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Long Island Woman, 20, Nabbed For Stealing More Than $300K From Employer, Police Say

Maria Pineda
Maria Pineda Photo Credit: Nassau County Police

A Long Island woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 from the business where she worked as an assistant manager.

Maria Pineda, age 20, of Hempstead, was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 21, for grand larceny that took place from Jan. 1, 2020 through Feb. 21, 2020, at John's Farm in Plainview, Nassau County Police said.

According to Robbery Squad detectives, an employee of John’s Farm, located at 601 Old Country Road, noticed a discrepancy in cash received and the daily cash receipts totals. 

The employee reviewed company records and became aware of voided transactions being entered by a Pineda.

It was also discovered Pineda was removing cash while counting daily deposits, police said. 

On Feb. 21, Pineda was seen performing fraudulent voids and later removed $1,400 in cash, police added.

Police were notified and she was arrested.

It was determined that the total loss dating back to January 2020 more than $300,000.

Pineda with three counts of grand larceny and two counts of falsifying business records.

She will be arraigned on Monday, Feb. 22, in Mineola.

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