Paterson employee allegedly stole more than $75,000 from Health Department | Paterson Times

Paterson employee allegedly stole more than $75,000 from Health Department


A city employee has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $75,000 from the Board of Health, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Paris D. Washington, 46-year-old, of Paterson, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree theft, authorities said.

Authorities said the city referred Washington’s case to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit for investigation. An audit last year uncovered missing cash at the Vital Statistics and Environmental Health Office.

From 2014 through August 2019, Washington allegedly stole in excess of $75,000. She allegedly stole funds the public paid to the Board of Health for birth certificates and copies of other documents.

Washington deposited the stolen funds into her own bank account, authorities said.

Washington has worked for the city for 19 years, according to municipal records. Her salary was $30,000. It isn’t clear whether she has been suspended or terminated from her job.

Authorities said she was charged and released on a summons complaint. She could face five to ten years in state prison if found guilty.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for October 25, 2019.

  • Robin Regenburgh

    I'm finding it absolutely impossible to believe. I worked with Paris for at least 15 years. She is professional, soft spoken and has endured breast cancer, sexual harassment and multiple transfers. 15k in a year would mean cash or money orders made out to her on a daily basis in the amount of approximately 60.00. Considering that the Division of Health stopped taking cash a number of years ago and only takes debit or money orders even if someone paid cash and it was pocketed there is no way it would total that much money. Remember the key word is allegedly and you are innocent until proven guilty….something that is conveniently forgotten these days.

    • krimpett

      The money was found deposited in her account, so there's that.

    • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

      She did it. Most people who work for the city are on the take, the shit flows downhill after all. She's small potatoes though compared to the thieves running the city. This is chump change compared to what they're stealing. How do you Think Mayor McCheese can afford two homes, one of which is a mansion?

      • Robin Regenburgh

        au contrare

        • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

          So you're saying Paterson is being run by competent, trustworthy people? I guess it's Trump's fault then that Paterson is such a shytehole right?

          • Robin Regenburgh

            Just from your posts I get the impression that you don't want to think there's anything good in Paterson. There are people in positions of authority who only have the City's best interests at heart. Just like any company, organization or even volunteer organization there are people who are and will take advantage. My comments are based on what I know personally about Ms. Washington and the fact that I cannot work the math and figure out #1 How could in excess of 75k be stolen in five years when most departments don't take cash or personal checks (debit or money order) and #2 There is an onsite accountant and business department in City Hall. Where were they five years ago when this supposedly started? Shouldn't the books be reconciled at the end of the day or at the very least the start of the next business day? It is not a huge division and there are only two departments that require upfront fees. Start there.

          • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

            There is nothing good in Paterson. It is a shithole run by corrupt, incompetent hacks.

          • Robin Regenburgh

            You are entitled to your opinion….

          • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

            So you're saying Paterson is not a shithole?

  • N/A

    This seems very hard to believe, how does $75,000 go missing and she stole it without no one being aware. It is not adding up maybe it his has to do with her sexual harassment case and taking off the attention from that. Dont believe this.

    • Nickolas Salokcin

      Thanks for that info.

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      If the money wasnt in her account I might believe you

    • Robin Regenburgh


  • Robin Regenburgh

    and do we all have access to her accounts? If this is part of a criminal investigation then that information would only be known by the investigators or someone within the department who wanted it to be known…..I worked there for nearly 29 years….while there are and have been "shady individuals" in my opinion working there, the majority are not. I put more money into that building than I took home in my pay….but if they are investigating they should investigate the entire division and not just one small fish in the pond.