Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Charge Middletown Women with Theft
A lengthy joint investigation by the Eatontown Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office ended last week with a bookkeeper for an Eatontown-based manufacturing business being charged with stealing in excess of $600,000. The investigation, which lasted more than three months, determined that the companies bookkeeper, who had been an employee for thirty (30) years was giving herself salary increases and bonus totaling more than $223,846. According to the reports that have been released at this point in time, the alleged theft occurred between April 1, 2017 through April 17, 2019.
The bookkeeper, who is a fifty-one year old female from Middletown was formally charged with one count of theft of movable property in the second degree. Based on the severity of the allegations, the defendant was most likely charged under a complaint-warrant, which would have required her to be detained in the Monmouth County Jail for at least 24 hours until she could have her Central Judicial Processing Hearing. It is at this hearing that the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will have to decide whether or not they will be formally seeking to detain the defendant in the Monmouth County Jail, without bail. If they do, they must file a formal detention motion and a hearing date will be set usually within a week. For more information on detention hearings in New Jersey please click the link.
Facing a Embezzlement Charged in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Theft of movable property is considered a hybrid offense in New Jersey. Meaning that offense could either be considered an indictable offense (felony) or a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor). The sole deciding factor will be the dollar amount of the theft in question. In order to be charged with a second degree theft offense in New Jersey it must be alleged that the individual stole in excess of $75,000. Theft of movable property in the second degree is the highest grade theft charge in New Jersey. If convicted, a defendant would be facing anywhere from five to ten years in a State Prison and a fine up to $150,000. In addition, there is a presumption for incarceration for anyone convicted of a crime of the first or second degree. For more information on theft related offenses in New Jersey, including a breakdown of the different degrees, please click the link.
Embezzlement Defense Attorneys Near Freehold
If you have unfortunately found yourself facing theft of movable property, theft by deception, embezzlement or theft of services charges in Monmouth County we strongly urge that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office takes theft related offenses very seriously, especially when they involve large amounts of money like above. If you would like to speak to one of the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law about your options, then please contact our Middletown office at 732.858.6959. One of our attorneys would be glad to go over the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to suit your needs.