Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Armatys of Palatine, Ill., pleaded guilty Monday in New Jersey Superior Court to one count of theft as part of a plea bargain.
Prosecutors say Armatys accepted a job with Basking Ridge, N.J.-based telecommunications company Avaya Inc. in September 2002, then changed his mind. But the company's computer system never removed his name from the payroll.
Paychecks were deposited into his bank account until February 2007, when Avaya auditors discovered the mistake.
Prosecutors are recommending a six-year prison term and restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 8.