SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A West Orange man has been arrested and charged with stealing approximately $700,000 from the South Plainfield-based company where he served as a bookkeeper, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and South Plainfield Chief of Police James Parker.
Robert Keith, 46, was charged with credit card theft, money laundering, forgery, theft by unlawful taking and unlawful use of a credit card, the prosecutor’s office announced Tuesday. He was arrested on Saturday during an investigation by Detective Joseph Glowacki of the South Plainfield Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
During the investigation, it was determined that the defendant, while working as the bookkeeper for a South Plainfield plumbing, heating and air conditioning company, stole the money in various amounts between Feb. 1, 2015 and Feb. 7, 2017, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The investigation began after company officials discovered the thefts and contacted police.
Keith also served as a minister at a house of worship. It has been determined during the course of the investigation that he sought to add legitimacy to his bookkeeping services by describing himself as a religious leader. Keith is not a licensed certified public accountant.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Glowacki of the South Plainfield Police Department at (908) 755-0700, or Detective Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.