Ocean County authorities are reporting that on February 4, Ms. Jessica Duffy, 37, of Brick Township, was charged with Theft and Forgery.
Officials said in a statement an investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Unit and Point Pleasant Borough Police Department revealed that Duffy, employed as a bookkeeper at R.H. LeChard Marine Contractors in Point Pleasant, misappropriated approximately $260,000 from the company during the course of her employment.
According to Ocean County officials, Duffy was not authorized to sign checks on the company account, yet wrote numerous unauthorized checks to herself, forging the company manager's signature on each check. She then deposited the checks into her personal account for her personal benefit.
Police processed Duffy at Point Pleasant Police Borough Headquarters then released her on a summons pending a future court date.
Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Lokerson acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Unit and Point Pleasant Borough Police Department for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation leading to these charges.