FREEHOLD, NJ — A former office administrator of a Wall-based pain management center is accused of stealing nearly $156,000 from his employer to pay for a personal vehicle, his sons’ rent and bills for a property he owns in Vermont.
William Donald, 61, of Oceanport was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking — a second-degree crime — and falsifying or tampering with records — a fourth-degree crime, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
The January 21 arrest was made by detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of the Wall Police Department.
An investigation by both these agencies revealed that while Donald was employed as an office administrator at the unnamed pain center from June 2016 to February 2019, he opened a point-of-sale machine in his name, claiming he was the sole owner of the practice, according to a statement by the prosecutor’s office.
By using that machine to process credit card payments through the pain center’s bank accounts, he misappropriated $155,577.12 from his employer to pay his own bills, the office said.
If convicted on the second-degree crime, the defendant faces up to 10 years in state prison, as well as up to 18 months on a conviction of the fourth-degree crime. The case is assigned to Assistant Prosecutor Joshua Detzky.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.
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