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NJ Woman Charged with Stealing $15K from Fundraiser Meant for Injured Motorist

Freehold Township

By: Najla Alexander

Authorities in Monmouth County announced that a Tinton Falls woman has been criminally charged with organizing an online fundraiser for a Florida man severely injured in a car accident late last year and then stealing the more than $15,000 she raised.AdMonmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago said Nicole C. Weidelman, 46, is charged with third-degree Theft by Deception.

Officials stated that an investigation led by Tinton Falls Police Department Detective William Rodriguez revealed that in November 2022, the intended fundraiser recipient was involved in a serious motor vehicle collision on I-95 in Florida.

The recovery from the incident proved lengthy and costly, reportedly involving more than a dozen surgeries, a month and a half in the hospital, and the loss of an arm, necessitating a prosthetic, officials stated.

According to officials, the investigation revealed that Weidelman contacted the man’s mother, a longtime family friend, and offered to set up an online fundraiser to assist with the expenses incurred from the medical bills.AfOfficials say after raising slightly more than $15,000, Weidelman transferred the entirety of the raised sum into her own personal account via more than two dozen transactions, then provided numerous false explanations to the victims over the course of the next several months before the theft was reported to authorities.

Weidelman was arrested and charged last week, authorities say.