TOMS RIVER – A woman from Lindenwold has been charged with theft after stealing $100,000 from her estranged husband.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit conducted an investigation and revealed that Erin Seal, 35, of Lindenwold, had created a plan to have music royalty checks made payable to her estranged husband, Manuel Seal, 60, formerly of Toms River, for his work as a Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer, forwarded straight to her and for her benefit.
This plan included a family member who helped Erin by cashing those checks under the appearance that she was lawfully entitled to them and relied upon fake emails allegedly sent by the victim to the defendant to support her criminal plan.
Between May 2018 through April 2020, Erin Seal fraudulently collected approximately $100,000.
On December 2, Seal surrendered herself to Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit. She was charged with Theft and was processed, and released on a summons pending a future court date.
The public are reminded that all defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.