Law Firm Worker Facing Theft Charge

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FREEHOLD – A Toms River woman was charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the law firm where she was formerly employed as the office manager, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

  Patricia Vaughn, 62, of Toms River, was arrested and charged with second degree theft following a joint investigation by Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Wall Township Police Department. Vaughn was charged and released on a summons.

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

  The charges stem from a phone call in January to Wall Police by the owner of the law office in that borough. The owner accused Vaughn of stealing funds.

  The investigation revealed numerous unauthorized transfers from business and personal accounts and the firm’s operating account from 2011 to 2019. They were hidden by Vaughn, creating false bank statements. 

  She allegedly gave herself unauthorized salary increases and issued herself extra paychecks totaling approximately $105,000.