A Cape May County woman who helped coordinate and promote several concerts — including Tim McGraw in Wildwood and the Fall in Love with Wildwood marketing campaign — has been charged with stealing $5,000.
Amanda Thomas, 25, of Wildwood Crest, was charged Friday with theft by unlawful taking and computer criminal activity after she allegedly withdrew $5,000 from a victim’s bank account without that person’s knowledge, according to a statement Monday by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.
Thomas, contacted Monday by The Press of Atlantic City, said the charges have no merit.
“It was a mistake and it was a computer glitch that occurred,” Thomas said in a telephone interview. “I truly believe these charges have no truth to them. This will not stop any of the events that we are planning this summer.”
Thomas said she could not get into the particulars of the case but added there was a mistake where $5,000 was taken from the bank account of a vendor who is also a rival promoter. The vendor, located in North Wildwood, called the Prosecutor’s Office instead of calling her, she said.
When she learned of the incident, Thomas said she refunded the $5,000.
If convicted, Thomas could be sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison.
The charges aren’t the first for Thomas.
In 2016, Ocean City police charged her with withdrawing $3,666 from the Betsy Young Memorial Fund and using the money for personal expenses, according to previous reports.
Thomas, formerly of Ocean City, formed the fund herself after high school to honor an Ocean City Intermediate School teacher who had a brain tumor. She pleaded not guilty in 2016 and enrolled in a one-year pretrial intervention program. The charge was later dismissed, Thomas said in a previous interview with The Press.
Thomas’ company, Boardwalk Entertainment, also created the Wildwood Food Truck Festival and worked on the Fall in Love with Wildwood marketing campaign in Cape May County. She also coordinated a 2017 food truck festival in Ventnor.
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Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano said Monday he spoke with Thomas and plans to continue to work with her in bringing events to the city.
“I’ve had extensive conversations with her, and she says she did not do anything wrong,” Troiano said. “I think I know her well enough, but I’m only hearing one side of the story.”
The city wants to work with her company to bring six or seven events to Wildwood this year, including food truck events, a dog adoption program on the beach, a wrestling event on the beach and some concerts, Troiano said.