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Toms River Man Charged with Attempted Theft by Deception, Contempt

Toms River

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on August 25, Karl Scheufler, 50, of Toms River, was charged with Attempted Theft by Deception and Contempt.

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, an investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad revealed that between May 22 and August 8, Scheufler attempted to negotiate three checks totaling $687,499.74 for his own benefit. 

Prosecutor Billhimer said that these checks were drawn on an Ocean First bank account belonging to a business of which Scheufler was previously involved. 

According to Prosecutor Billhimer, Scheufler negotiated these checks knowing that he was not an authorized signer for the business account and attempted to deposit these checks into his personal account and another unrelated business account. 

Prosecutor Billhimer said that in 2018, the Honorable Francis R. Hodgson Jr., P.J. Ch.P., issued an order barring Scheufler from conducting business transactions on behalf of the business. The two Contempt charges are a result of Scheufler violating Judge Hodgson’s order.

On August 25, an arrest warrant was executed at Scheufler’s residence in Toms River Township where detectives apprehended Scheufler without incident. Scheufler was processed at the Toms River Police Department and is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing, Prosecutor Billhimer said.