– Attorney General Paula T. Dow and
Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor
announced that a suspended technical assistant
for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
Inspections Unit pleaded guilty today to
submitting false time sheets in order to
collect more than $4,000 in overtime pay
for hours she did not work.
According to Director Taylor,
Alicia Windfuhr, 26, of Hamilton, pleaded
guilty to an accusation charging her with
third-degree theft by deception before Superior
Court Judge Gerald J. Council in Mercer
Under the plea agreement,
the state will recommend that Windfuhr be
sentenced to a term of probation conditioned
on her serving 180 days in the Mercer County
Jail. She must pay restitution to the Motor
Vehicle Commission of $4,144. In addition,
she must forfeit her state job and will
be permanently barred from public employment
in New Jersey.
In pleading guilty, Windfuhr
admitted that between June 2008 and January
2009, she submitted numerous fraudulent
time sheets indicating that she worked many
hours of overtime that she did not actually
work. She obtained payment for that time
of $4,144 to which she was not entitled.
Judge Council scheduled
sentencing for May 27.
Deputy Attorneys General
Christine Hoffman and David M. Fritch prosecuted
the case and took the guilty plea for the
Division of Criminal Justice Corruption
Bureau. The case was investigated by the
New Jersey State Police and the Motor Vehicle
Commission. The investigation was led by
Detective Sgt. Myles Cappiello and Detective
Glenn Sefick of the State Police, and Investigator
Stephen Crane of the Motor Vehicle Commission.