TINTON FALLS – A 52-year-old woman, who was an office manager for a Tinton Falls-based construction company, has been charged after sealing over $2.2 million from the company in a seven-year period, officials said.
Police said that between 2015 to 2021, Donna Cook of Farmingdale allegedly stole company funds by writing herself unauthorized checks.
According to officials, Cook had allegedly forged the signature of a company principal for the unauthorized checks, some of which were made payable to cash. The payout values varied between $75,000 to nearly $475,000, and were used by Cook for personal expenses.
Cook was charged with second-degree Theft, third-degree Forgery, and third-degree False Uttering. She was served with the charges via summons and released on her own recognizance pending a first appearance to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court on February 15. If convicted on the second-degree offense, Cook would face up to 10 years in state prison.
The investigation was started by the Tinton Falls Police Department and also involved members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Bureau.
Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.