Appearing in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ, 30-year-old Lyndsey Christman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000.00 from her employer.
Ms. Christman had worked as a front-desk supervisor at Model A Fitness. According to her bosses, Ms. Christman accepted payments for club fees and personal training, as well as payments for items such as protein powder, juices, headphones, and gloves.
It is believed that Ms. Christman found a flaw in the payment process, allowing her to pocket a percentage of the payments. Her activity was eventually discovered after a supervisor noticed a small accounting discrepancy.
Under the terms of Ms. Christman’s plea deal, Ms. Christman has agreed to pay back the entire amount that she stole. Additionally, the deal calls for Ms. Christman to be sentenced to three (3) years in state prison. However, because Ms. Christman is eligible for admission into the state’s Intensive Supervision Program, she could be released from prison as soon as six (6) months after her sentence begins.
In New Jersey, theft by deception is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4. The penalties for theft by deception vary, depending on the value of the stolen property. In this case, Ms. Christman could have been looking at second degree theft by deception charges. Without a plea agreement, Ms. Christman could have been sentenced to as many as ten (10) years in New Jersey State Prison.
To learn more about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Morris Woman Admits Stealing $108K from Former Employer.“