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Ocean County freeholder’s daughter admits theft

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — The daughter of an Ocean County freeholder has admitted stealing more than $40,000 while working in a tax collector’s office.

Authorities say 30-year-old Dawn Kelly admitted pocketing cash payments made to settle tax liens in Little Egg Harbor to support a drug addiction between November 2011 and July 2012.

Her father, Brian, is the freeholder board’s director of law and public safety.

Under a plea agreement approved on Dec. 14, Kelly pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking.

Attorney General’s Office spokesman Peter Aseltine tells the Asbury Park Press ( ) his office recommended probation on the condition Kelly enter an inpatient drug treatment program and forfeit her job.

Aseltine says most of the cash has been paid back.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press,


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.