- Attorney General Anne Milgram and Criminal
Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni announced
that an Atlantic County woman was sentenced
to state prison today for stealing $600,000
from her employer.
to Director Gramiccioni, Margarete Roberts,
46, of Galloway Township, was ordered by Superior
Court Judge James E. Isman in Atlantic County
to serve five years in state prison and pay
$600,000 in restitution. Roberts pleaded guilty
on March 13 to an accusation charging her
with theft by unlawful taking and forgery.
pleading guilty, Roberts, who worked as a
bookkeeper for Mansion Builders in Galloway
Township, admitted that between June 28, 2004
and Oct. 23, 2007, she diverted 47 checks
totaling $600,000 into her personal bank account.
Roberts admitted that she took checks intended
for Mansion Builders, made herself a third
party designee, then signed and deposited
the checks into her own account.
John Neggia and Deputy Attorney General James
Ruberton conducted and coordinated the investigation
for the Division of Criminal Justice Major
Crimes Bureau. Deputy Attorney General Ruberton
represented the state at the sentencing.