A Connecticut woman who had been accused of stealing a boxer’s cash and jewelry-filled bag from JAY-Z’s Midtown nightclub got a non-criminal plea deal on Thursday after prosecutors admitted she had been handed the item and returned it.
Sarah Morin, 40, was charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property for allegedly taking $150,000 in loot and money in March but was allowed to plead to disorderly conduct, a violation, in light of the developments.
“It’s undisputed that the defendant was given the bag in question to watch temporarily by an associate of the complaining witness,” Assistant District Attorney Maria Luna said in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday.
Luna added that “although [Morin] left the club in possession of the bag,” the Louis Vuitton bag and jewelry were returned.
Middleweight prizefighter Jermall Charlo claimed there was $25,000 in cash in the bag, which was not returned, but Luna said the assertion could not be corroborated.
The Manhattan DA’s office moved to reduce her case due to Morin’s “lack of criminal history and in the interest of justice,” the ADA added.
Morin is a pediatric nurse was celebrating her birthday at the 40/40 Club when a fight involving Charlo and a security guard broke out around 3 a.m. on March 4.
Morin, of Enfield, Conn., and her attorney maintained her innocence since her surrender on the accusations and said it was a pal of Charlo’s who handed her the item for safekeeping.
“My name has been slandered in social media,” she said after the proceeding. “I’m a pediatric nurse for kids with cancer — I did not do this.”
“I returned everything that was in the bag. I did not take anything.”
Morin called her arrest “life-altering” and said she lost one of her jobs as a result of it.
“This has been difficult on my patients, myself and my child,” she told reporters. “I’ve never done anything to anyone in my life and I would never take anyone’s possessions.”