Two people were arrested in New Jersey after allegedly stealing from two school districts. Both women were arrested on the charge of second-degree theft by unlawful taking or disposition. According to a report, one of the women worked for the school districts as a Transportation Manager. The charges allege that she send checks for services not received by a fake transportation services company. The other woman arrested is her mother, who is accused of cashing the checks.
Prosecutors believe the amount stolen from both school districts totaled over $500,000 between July 2005 and August 2008. If convicted, the women face five to 10 years in prison and a large fine.
Many times when charges such as this surface, they stem from a lengthy investigation. It is important that people who are accused of such crimes understand their rights. They might be wise to speak with an experienced New Jersey white collar crimes attorney. They can help make sure the person doesn't incriminate themselves and help them review evidence against them. Understanding the legal process is also important after an arrest for an alleged crime.
When an arrest stems from an investigation, it is important that the accused understands the details of their case. Many times complex investigations can lead to the rights of the accused being violated. If someone's rights are violated, some of the evidence or the case might be dropped because they would be unable to obtain a fair trial.
Source: Patch, "Former Piscataway Transportation Manager Charged With Stealing $565K From Two School Districts," Christina Johnson, Oct. 11, 2012
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