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New Jersey woman pleads guilty to theft
New Jersey woman pleads guilty to theft

Oceania

By: Najla Alexander

Authorities in Ocean County announced that on July 1, 2024, Dona Carlo-Tanzola, 51, of Manahawkin, pleaded guilty before the Honorable Kimarie Rahill, JSC, to theft in connection with her former employment as an administrative assistant with the engineering firm of Horn, Tyson & Yoder, Inc.

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Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said at the time of sentencing on August 30, 2024, that the state would recommend a sentence of five years in New Jersey State Prison and restitution of $139,698.56.

Officials stated that an investigation by the Long Beach Township Police Department revealed that between May 2022 and November 2022, as part of her employment with Horn, Tyson & Yoder, Carlo-Tanzola accepted checks payable to the company and deposited them into her personal bank accounts for her own benefit.

To cover up her theft, Carlo-Tanzola tampered with the company’s financial records by deleting paid invoices from customer accounts, officials say – even though the company had received payments for services rendered.

In total, authorities say, Carlo-Tanzola embezzled dozens of checks totaling $178,774.35.
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Authorities said that after being confronted about the theft, Carlo-Tanzola made back some of the money.

According to authorities, Carlo-Tanzola was arrested without incident by officers from the Long Beach Township Police Department on January 9, 2023.

The charges were filed against her and served on her by summons pending her appearance in Ocean County Superior Court, officials say.

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