FRANKLIN, NJ - On March 18, a Franklin resident reported that he had been the victim of a theft. The resident reported that he suffered a loss of several thousand dollars.
In the early afternoon of March 18, the resident advised that he was assisting an acquaintance in cashing a check at the Chase Bank in Franklin Borough. After depositing the insurance check, which initially appeared valid, he then withdrew the funds and turned them over to her. He was later advised that the payment had been stopped by the payee; however, his acquaintance had already received the cash.
The victim reported that he has possibly been the victim of several other smaller fraudulent transactions over the past year by the same person.
The Franklin Borough Police Department has been investigating and identified the complainants/ resident’s acquaintance and suspect as Doris Herrmann, 35, of Passaic, NJ. A warrant was issued for Herrmann’s arrest in the amount $15,000 for at least one of the incidents investigated.
Herrmann was known to frequent several addresses in in Passaic and Paterson.
Through the course of the investigation, it appears that Herrmann may be involved in other incidents in which she fraudulently obtained funds from victims throughout New Jersey.
Herrmann was apprehended in Franklin on April 6 at approximately 1 p.m. Upon her arrest she was charged with theft by deception and transported to the Sussex County Jail in Lieu of $15,000 bail.
She is expected to appear in Sussex County Superior Court on April 15.
The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges may be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.