HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Franklin Township (Somerset County) Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy was arrested and charged last month, for deceiving Horizon Blue Cross for payments of services for which she did not receive, according to court documents.
Between Jan. 1, 2016 and Sept. 1, 2017, McCarthy made it appear as though she received treatment and services eligible for insurance coverage reimbursement "in an amount in excess of $500," according to court documents.
McCarthy was arrested Dec. 14 by Det. Darren Herrling from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and charged at the Hillsborough Township Municipal Court with theft by deception value $500 to $74,999 and insurance fraud, both are third-degree charges, according to court documents.
As of Jan. 4 McCarthy is still the township clerk, according to the township's website. Emails for comments to the township manager and attorney have not been returned.
According to New Jersey Court's website, McCarthy's case has been transferred to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's office.
Editor's note: Township Manager Bob Vornlocker provided the following emailed statement after publication of this article:
"On December 14, 2017, upon notification by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office that Township Clerk, Ann Marie McCarthy, was charged with a crime of the third degree, the Township of Franklin immediately suspended Ms. McCarthy, without pay, pending the resolution of the criminal charges. Deputy Clerk, Msiba Holliman, has assumed the Township Clerk’s duties. To the extent they require it, the Township is prepared to cooperate, to the fullest extent possible, with the involved law enforcement agencies."