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The grand jury charged Williams, a resident of Linden, with the following: theft, theft by failure to make required disposition of property, and misapplication of entrusted property.
An Internet news site, mycentraljersey.com reported the 56-year-old defendant allegedly took at least $160,000.00 from an 88-year-old neighbor's life savings.
Under New Jersey law, theft occurs only if a person "unlawfully takes, or exercises unlawful control over, movable property of another." Additionally, the individual must act with the purpose to deprive the owner of his property.
By N.J.S.A. 2c:20-2, property value may determine the degree of the theft.
- SECOND DEGREE: Property value at least $75,000;
- THIRD DEGREE: Property value greater than $500 and less than $75,000;
- FOURTH DEGREE: Property value between $200 and $500, inclusive;
- DISORDERLY PERSON: Property value less than $200.