NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) — Two bookkeepers at a Jersey Shore-based iron company face theft charges for allegedly stealing money from the company.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 54-year-old Debra Latshaw, of Neptune Township, forged about $300,000 worth of checks and made unauthorized purchases from the company's accounts. She's charged with theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, forgery and uttering a forged instrument.

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Marilyn Berger, a 67-year-old Freehold Township resident, allegedly stole more than $30,000 by manipulating the company's payroll system and making unauthorized purchases with a company credit card. She's charged with theft by deception and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Telephone numbers for both women could not be located Saturday. Both face lengthy prison terms if convicted.

Latshaw's bail was set at $35,000, while Berger was released pending a future court date.


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