Whiplash set in for this theme-park fiend.
A woman will spend three years behind bars for using a Red Hook charter-bus company’s credit card to buy more than $1 million in amusement-park tickets, a Supreme Court justice ruled on Wednesday.
51-year-old Staten Island resident Rosemarie Bader pled guilty last month to purchasing more than 36,000 passes to New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure — home of the world’s tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka — and Pennsylvania’s Dorney Park, which she hid in a safe inside charter service Best Trails and Travel’s Sigourney Street office.
The adrenaline junkie, a 16-year employee of the company, worked as a sales director and coordinated its trips and admissions to the amusement parks. But a 2016 audit revealed she ordered significantly more entry passes than the service’s vehicles had seats, and the bus company canned the thrill-seeking Staten Islander in October of that year.
Investigators later discovered that Bader favored the Pennsylvania park, for which she purchased about 23,000 tickets, over its New Jersey competitor, which she only bought a trifling 13,102 passes to.
The woman will also have to reimburse her employer for the $1 million and change she swindled in ill-gotten admissions, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor, who said she could’ve been locked up for as many as 25 years for her crime, which could have bankrupted the mom-and-pop bus company.
“Losses such as this can be devastating to small businesses.” Eric Gonzalez said. “Today’s prison term holds her accountable.”
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