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

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

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 housed at Somerset County Jail. pending a detention hearing.

McDonald said the alleged irregularity in the funds was discovered after the nonprofit’s longtime financial officer was fired, and the matter was referred to the special investigations unit at the prosecutor’s office. of the county 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 association to unauthorized purchases of more than $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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