MONMOUTH COUNTY – A South Amboy woman is facing five years in prison after stealing nearly $140,000 from a local eye doctor, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Sheryl Ward, 35, pleaded guilty in May to the theft of $139,171.50 from the ophthalmologist she previously worked for. An investigation showed that, between August 2016 and January 2018, Ward had processed over 130 fraudulent returns of customer transactions while employed as a contact lens technician for a Freehold-based ophthalmology group.
By creating falsified credit card returns that were directly deposited into her personal checking account, Ward ended up redirecting $139,171.50 in funds.
Ward has been sentenced to five years and ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution.