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Englewood Cliffs travel company bookeeper charged with embezzling $200,000

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ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE: Executives at a popular and successful Englewood Cliffs hub for travel agents had thrown a retirement party for its longtime bookeeper when it later discovered more than $200,000 gone. Last night, she was brought up from Florida, where borough authorities had her arrested and extradited on theft and money laundering charges.

Patricia Slattery, 54, remained held on $175,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail on the second-degree charges today as investigators continued tallying up losses to Rez Connect Technologies and its subsidiaries.

“We’re not allowed to comment at all,” Rez Connect CEO Michael Brent politely told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

It was after Slattery left the company, Englewood Cliffs police said, that Brent’s son, company President Derek Brent, notified them that money was missing.

Investigators discovered more than $200,000 had been transferred into an account opened by Slattery, Lt. Daniel Morrissey said.

Slattery was living in Del Ray Beach when Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested her last Thursday after the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office sent them an arrest warrant, Morrissey told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

After waiving extradition, she was expected here next week. But Slattery arrived at the jail last night.

Rez Connect Tech, which also does business as Travel Network and Vacation Central, was founded by Michael Brent in 1982 and quickly became known for a quick and efficient system linking travel agents to tour and cruise suppliers.

The company currently has offices on Sylvan Avenue but for more than a decade has done much of its work hosting websites that allow agents to immediately connect to restaurants, hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators and others and book reservations.

One of its subsidiaries, VacationCentral.net, bills itself as “the one-stop place for [travel agents] to find the best prices and earn a higher commission.”

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