CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - A former Sea Isle City school employee was indicted Tuesday for official misconduct for allegedly stealing money from the district's payroll account.

According to the indictment, Lorye L. Craver, 32, of Dennis Township, is charged with official misconduct, a second-degree crime, and exhibiting a pattern of official misconduct, a third-degree crime, for taking money on June 15, June 30 and July 15 in excess of $500.

Craver is also charged with three counts of theft for each of those events.

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In addition, Craver faces a third-degree forgery charge for allegedly forging a signature of one of her supervisor's on five school district checks.

Assistant Prosecutor Jeffery St. John said Tuesday that Craver, whose official title was assistant to the school business administrator, was responsible for payroll as part of her duties.

He said a school district employee noticed some unusual activity in her personal bank account, related to her pay from the district, and then reported it to the district, which in turn contacted police.

St. John said that employee reported that money was placed in her account and then moved out of the account.

St. John said two employees' accounts were affected.

Craver has no criminal history. She was arrested July 21 and released after posting $50,000 bail.

According to the school district, Craver was hired Oct. 25, 2006 as an assistant to the administrator and terminated from her position on Sept. 20.

As of July 1, her salary was $34,038.

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