A Manahawkin woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $178,774 in checks from her former workplace and then depositing them in her personal bank account.

She is facing five years in state prison.

On July 1, Dona Carlo-Tanzola, 51, of Manahawkin, pleaded guilty to the theft of money from the civil engineering firm where she worked as an administrative assistant in 2022.

Carlo-Tanzola took money in checks paid to Horn, Tyson & Yoder, Inc. of Long Beach Township and deposited the money in personal bank accounts.

According to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Carlo-Tanzola edited the company's financial records by deleting transactions of the firm having received the payments.

Authorities say the woman diverted dozens of checks totaling $178,774.35 between May and November 2022.

Dona Carlo-Tanzola was confronted about the theft of the money by the company and made partial restitution of over $39,000, according to prosecutors.

On January 9, 2023, Carlo-Tanzloa was arrested by the Long Beach Township Police and charged with the theft.

The woman will be sentenced on August 30, 2024, with the state recommending five years in New Jersey State Prison and the restitution of close to $140,000 still owed to her former employer.

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