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DYFS boss from Burlington County admits stealing nearly $11K in OT pay
by David Foster Jan 23, 2018 Comments

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TRENTON >> Dorothy Murphy, a supervisor with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, was the boss of stealing unearned money.

Murphy, 58, of the first block Hockamick Road in New Hanover, pleaded guilty in December to fraudulently obtaining $10,931 in overtime pay.

Murphy, who worked with the state since 1987, obtained the illegal payments by using the credentials of another supervisor, without authorization, to access the department’s timekeeping system, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office spokesman Peter Aseltine said Monday in an email. She then would alter her overtime hours and approve her own overtime pay, prosecutors said.

Murphy’s criminal conduct occurred between November 2015 and May 2017 in the Burlington-East office of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency — formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services — which falls under the umbrella of the Department of Children and Families. The office is located in Lumberton.

Murphy was sentenced Friday to five years probation by Superior Court Judge Terrence Cook in Burlington County on a third-degree charge of theft by unlawful taking. As a result of the plea, she forfeited her job and is permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey, prosecutors said.

She must pay full restitution of $10,931 in monthly installments of $250. Judge Cook also imposed a $750 computer crimes prevention fund penalty.

According to public payroll records, Murphy earned an annual salary of $63,537 before she was shown the door. She collected overtime amounts of $8,884 in 2017, a whopping $14,263 in 2016 and $8,078 in 2015. Her highest total earnings in a single year came in 2016 when she earned $77,436, records show.

A former state employee who worked with Murphy expressed relief that the supervisor was brought to justice.

“I’m just glad she was caught,” the employee said. “I worked with her for years and it was horrible.”

Deputy Attorneys General John Nicodemo and Pearl Minato handled the case for the state.

Murphy is not the first boss in the state to get in trouble with the law recently.

In August, The Trentonian reported Bernadine Brozena, a supervising pension benefits specialist who earns an annual salary of $96,415, was captured on video stealing money from her subordinate’s pocketbook, the victim’s husband previously said.

Brozena, 57, of Lawrence, was arrested by state police on June 26 at the Pensions and Benefits office located at 50 W. State St. in Trenton. The victim told police that she suspected that her direct supervisor, Brozena, had been stealing from her at work for nearly one year and reported that money, clothing, jewelry and her car keys were lifted by her boss, authorities said.

After reviewing video surveillance, probable cause was developed and Brozena was placed under arrest at her place of employment without incident, prosecutors said. She was charged with one count of third-degree theft, unlawful taking. **** If she did this she what else had been done to innocent families and children. Where do we go for help being involved with dfys and state appointed attorneys. Where do we turn. Help me

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