By: Najla Alexander
Authorities in Monmouth County announced that an Ocean County woman has been criminally charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from her Wall Township-based employer.
Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago said that Jessica L. Schott, 44, of Point Pleasant, is charged with second-degree Theft by Unlawful Taking, third-degree Forgery, and third-degree False Uttering.
Officials stated that an investigation by the MCPO Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau was initiated earlier this year following receipt of a tip by a representative with the Wall-based company that used to employ Schott.
A review of the company’s financial records revealed that Schott was responsible for making unauthorized debit card purchases and ATM withdrawals from the company bank account, authorities say.
Officials said as well as collecting unauthorized additional paychecks, expense checks, and overtime, in some cases using documents featuring forged signatures.
Schott allegedly used the stolen funds, approximately $195,320 in all, to cover personal expenses, officials say.
According to officials, Schott was served the charges against her via summons earlier this week, pending future proceedings in Monmouth County Superior Court.