Cops: Former Winery Manager Stole Over $40,000

Nancy Proctor (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

  PLUMSTED – The former manager of the Laurita Winery in New Egypt stole more than $40,000 from her employer in less than a year, police said.

  Nancy Proctor, 62, of Ortley Beach, was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking.

  She allegedly diverted the money from the winery into her own PayPal accounts between January 24, 2019 through November 1, 2019. She had been responsible for collecting payments for food vendors for events taking place at the location.

  She was arrested on March 22 at her current job in Seaside Heights, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Plumsted Township Police Chief Earl Meroney.

  Wineries being able to host events is a relatively new phenomenon, being allowed by law to provide these businesses with another source of revenue.

  Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Meroney thanked the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Unit, Plumsted Township Police Department, and Seaside Heights Police Department for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation.

  Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.