By: Yuritza Arroyo
Monmouth County authorities announced that a Keyport man has been criminally charged with stealing more than $60,000 from a local appliance repair company that he managed financial matters for over the course of several years.
According to officials, Eduardo “Edward” Murillo, 46, of Keyport, is charged with third-degree Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition and third-degree Impersonation/Identity Theft.
Officials say an investigation by members of the MCPO Financial Crimes & Public Corruption Bureau revealed that Murillo first met the principal of the appliance mentioned earlier repair company several years ago, during services at a church in Matawan.
After that, purporting to be highly experienced in accounting, Murillo began handling the personal and financial business of the victim and his company, also based in Matawan.
According to authorities, an analysis of financial records revealed that on various dates between 2017 and 2019, Murillo stole a little more than $61,000 from the company, using a variety of unauthorized transactions and spending the proceeds on items such as personal expenses and sports betting.
Murillo surrendered to authorities without incident yesterday and was formally charged and released pending a Monmouth County Superior Court hearing tentatively scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 2.