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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: November 18, 2011








South Plainfield clerk charged with theft



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


Marie K. Smith (DOB 2/16/49) of Brennan Court, South Plainfield, was charged with a third degree count of theft by deception for paying herself overtime for work she never performed.


Smith was charged after Investigator Lisa M. Collins of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office determined that Smith gave herself overtime payments in various amounts after becoming the boroughís payroll clerk in January 2010.


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, 2011.


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