Hudson County employee charged with 10 counts of theft for stealing from welfare recipients

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A Hudson County Welfare Office employee was charged with 10 counts of theft by stealing from welfare recipients via fraudulently accessing Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)
cards and making cash withdrawals, authorities said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Herbert Thomas, 55, of Jersey City, was arrested at approximately 1:30 p.m. yesterday at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said.

Thomas has been charged with seven counts of third-degree theft by unlawful taking and three counts of fourth-degree theft by unlawful taking. His first court appearance is scheduled for April 6, 2021.

The investigation discovered that Thomas, on diverse dates between September 28th, 2020 and February 19th, 2021, at least 10 times fraudulently accessed EBT cards issued to welfare recipients to make ATM cash withdrawals of several thousand dollars.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office HCPO Public Integrity Unit, Special
Investigations Section with the investigation and arrest.

Public records show that Thomas began working for the county in 2013 and earned a salary of $33,179 last year.