A 30-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to stealing from the Model A Fitness center in Boonton NJ.
Lyndsey Christman admitted in Morris County Superior Court that she stole more than $100,000.00 from her employer. Ms. Christman had worked as a front-desk supervisor at Model A Fitness. Ms. Christman was in charge of accepting payments for club fees and personal training, as well as for items such as protein powder, juices, and headphones.
Ms. Christman allegedly found a flaw in the payment process that allowed her to secretly keep some of the payments. Her plan was discovered when a supervisor found a small discrepancy in the accounting.
Under the terms of her plea agreement, Ms. Christman has agreed to make restitution, paying back the entire amount that she stole. Additionally, the plea deals call for Ms. Christman to be sentenced to three (3) years in New Jersey 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. In this case, because the property obtained through deceit is valued at more than $75,000.00, Ms. Christman could have faced second degree theft by deception charges. Without a plea agreement, she would have been subject to a sentence of up to ten (10) years in state prison.
Ms. Christman’s sentencing is currently scheduled for January 3, 2014 in Morris County Superior Court.
For more information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Morris Woman Admits Stealing $108K from Former Employer.“