South Plainfield Clerk Accused Of Claiming Phony Overtime Hours

SOUTH PLAINFIELD — A former South Plainfield clerk was charged today with stealing more than $3,000 in overtime while she worked for the borough, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief James Parker of the South Plainfield Police Department announced.

Marie K. Smith, 62, of South Plainfield, was charged with a third degree count of theft by deception for paying herself overtime for work she never performed.

Investigator Lisa M. Collins of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Smith gave herself overtime payments in various amounts after becoming the borough’s payroll clerk in January 2010, authorities said.

The investigation began after borough officials became suspicious and contacted police.

Smith, who worked for the borough for 23 years, was dismissed from her job on March 21.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Smith is merely an accusation and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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