RED BANK: FRAUD ON CHURCH ALLEGED

just_in1[CORRECTION: A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Trenton says the accused was an outside contractor to St. James, not an employee as reported, and thus his alleged crime can’t be characterized as embezzlement, as stated in the original headline on this post. There’s also an update on this story below.]

An employee of outside contractor to St. James Church was indicted Tuesday on charges he embezzled stole more than $75,000 from the Red Bank institution over a six-year period.

An indictment handed down Monday by a Monmouth County grand jury alleges that Robert Ouimet, 49, of Manasquan, issued forged vouchers purporting to have been authorized by someone else, identified only by the initials “R.P.”

The alleged fraud occurred between May, 2007 and November, 2013, the indictment alleges.

Ouimet’s position at the church and other details were not immediately available.

[This update was received from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office on August 8, 2014: “Robert Ouimet was not employed by the church. He was a vendor who sold ice cream to Red Bank Catholic High School, through the church, several years ago. After his services were terminated, he submitted forged and fraudulent vouchers to the church and continued to accept payment on those vouchers for services not performed between May 2007 and October 2013, resulting in a theft of approximately $216,000.”]