By: Richard L. Smith
Monmouth County authoriied charged a Neptune Township woman with stealing more than $146,000 from her former employer over the course of about five years, Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Wednesday.
Officials said Ms. Jodi L. Vanaman, 47, is charged with second-degree Theft by Unlawful Taking.
The charge marks the result of an investigation by the MCPO Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau, initiated by a referral from the Neptune City Police Department.
According to officials, the investigation revealed that at various times from 2016 into 2021, while employed as an office manager for All Coast Service, a heating and air conditioning company headquartered in Neptune City, Vanaman allegedly made numerous unauthorized purchases using company credit cards and operating accounts, spending stolen funds on personal expenses of her own and those of a relative.
Officials say Vanaman turned herself into authorities without incident Tuesday.
She was served with a summons complaint pending future proceedings to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court.
Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Diane Aifer is prosecuting this case. Vanaman is being represented by Ryan Clark, Esq.
Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by up to 10 years in state prison.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.