Sonny Lee, 59, of 108 Winding Creek Way, Old Tappan, NJ was arrested and charged with Theft by Deception and Money Laundering in a case involving $1 Million and a 92-year-old Greenwich woman.
The arrest, which was announced by Bergen County Prosecutor John L Molinelli, came after an investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office White Collar Crimes Unit and the Greenwich Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jim Heavey.
On August 8, 2015, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office served a complaint-summons on Mr. Lee after a two-week investigation into allegations of Theft by Deception and Money Laundering.
In late July of 2015, an investigator with Bank of America reported unusual banking activity involving Mr. Lee and a 92-year-old woman from Greenwich.
It is alleged that Mr. Lee convinced the elderly woman to donate over $1,000,000 in 2015 to a Christian charity.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Lee was not using the monies for a Christian charity, but simply exploiting the elderly woman to enrich himself.
Mr. Lee was charged on a complaint-summons with one count of Theft by Deception and one count of Money Laundering.
Mr. Lee’s initial court appearance took place on Monday in Bergen County Central Municipal Court. Prosecutor Molinelli stated that the charges are accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Mr. Molinelli thanked the Greenwich Police Dept. for their assistance in the investigation.