CFO of non-profit Bridgewater charged with theft of $75,000

BRIDGEWATER — A township woman has been charged with stealing $75,000 from the nonprofit Bridgewater where she worked as a financial director.

Jolee Roberts, 55, who was arrested at her home on July 20 has been charged with theft by deception, a second-degree felony; two counts of forgery, a third-degree felony and credit card theft, a fourth-degree felony, Somerset County District Attorney John P. McDonald and Bridgewater Police Chief Paul Payne said.

Roberts, whose LinkedIn profile says she worked for 15 years as chief financial officer of Middle Earth, a Bridgewater nonprofit that provides youth with prevention and intervention services to help them become responsible and self-reliant members of the community. was deposited at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

McDonald said the irregularity in the funds was discovered after the nonprofits’ longtime financial officer was fired and the matter was referred to the county attorney’s office’s special investigations unit. of Somerset.

An investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit and the Bridgewater Township Police Department determined that Roberts allegedly cashed checks and used credit cards issued to the organization at nonprofit for unauthorized purchases over $75,000 over a two-year period, McDonald’s said. .

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Special Investigations Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Bridgewater Township Police Department at 908-722-4111 or via the STOPit app. Information may also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers Information Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stoppers advice will be kept confidential.

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