FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Insurance fraud charges against Franklin Township Clerk Ann Marie McCarthy have been dropped, according to officials. 

"Ann Marie McCarthy has been reinstated," Township Manager Bob Vornlocker said in an email. "All charges filed by the Somerset County Prosecutor have been unconditionally administratively dismissed."

In January TAPinto Franklin Township reported McCarthy had been charged in December 2017, for deceiving Horizon Blue Cross for payments of services for which she did not receive. 

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McCarthy's daughter was also charged at the time.

On March 2 her daughter pled guilty to the charges, and as a condition, the charges against McCarthy were dismissed, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's office. 

"The daughter took full responsibility," Director of Communications, Capt. Jack Bennett (Ret.) said. "She will cooperate and testify in any future hearings against any co-defendants."

According to published reports, McCarthy has been Township Clerk for 14 years. 

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