Ocean County Woman Faces Criminal Charges for Stealing $200,000 from Employer
November 14, 2023
FREEHOLD – In a significant development, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced on Tuesday that a 44-year-old woman from Point Pleasant, Ocean County, has been criminally charged with stealing nearly $200,000 from her former employer in Wall Township. Jessica L. Schott is facing charges of second-degree Theft by Unlawful Taking, third-degree Forgery, and third-degree False Uttering.
The charges against Schott were brought after an extensive investigation conducted by the MCPO Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau. The investigation was initiated earlier this year following a tip received from a representative of the Wall-based company that employed Schott in the past. Upon conducting a review of the company’s financial records, it was revealed that Schott had been engaging in unauthorized debit-card purchases and ATM withdrawals from the company’s bank account. Additionally, she was found to have collected unauthorized paychecks, expense checks, and overtime, often using forged signatures on related documents. Schott allegedly used the stolen funds, totaling approximately $195,320, to cover personal expenses.
Earlier this week, Schott was served with the charges against her via summons. The case will proceed in Monmouth County Superior Court, pending future proceedings. The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant Prosecutor Kristen Anastos of the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau. At this time, information about Schott’s legal representation is not available.
Authorities are urging anyone with further information about Schott’s activities to come forward and contact MCPO Detective Michael Acquaviva at 800-533-7443.
It is essential to note that despite these charges, Schott, like every defendant, is presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a trial. During the trial, she will have all the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
In conclusion, this case serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining financial integrity and trust in the workplace. Employers must remain vigilant in their oversight of financial activities to prevent and detect fraudulent practices. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to diligently pursuing investigations into financial crimes and holding accountable those who betray the trust of their employers.