Hudson County Welfare Office worker allegedly steals thousands from welfare recipients

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The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Public Integrity Unit, Special Investigation Unit charged a Hudson County Welfare Office employee with 10 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking following an investigation that found he was allegedly fraudulently accessing Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards and making cash withdrawals.

According to the HCPO, law enforcement arrested Jersey City resident Herbert Thomas, 55,  at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 15, at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City.

Thomas has been charged with seven counts of third-degree Theft by Unlawful Taking  and three counts of fourth-degree Theft by Unlawful Taking.

On various dates between September 28, 2020 and February 19, 2021, Thomas allegedly fraudulently accessed EBT cards issued to welfare recipients at least 10 times and made ATM cash withdrawals of several thousand dollars, according to the HCPO.

His first court appearance is scheduled for April 6.

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

The above charges are merely accusations. Thomas is presumed innocent until proven guilty