Authorities say a woman from Ocean County has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $200,000 from her employer.

44-year-old Jessica L. Schott of Point Pleasant is facing the following charges:

  • Second-degree theft by unlawful taking
  • Third-degree forgery
  • Third-degree false uttering

The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office says they started an investigation earlier this year after they received a tip from the Wall Township-based company that Schott worked for.

According to authorities,

Schott was responsible for making unauthorized debit-card purchases and ATM withdrawals from the company bank account, 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.

Schott was served the charges against her via summons earlier this week pending future proceedings in Monmouth County Superior Court.

Anyone with further information about Schott's activities is being asked to contact Det. Michael Acquaviva with the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at (800) 533-7443.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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