MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. -- Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Florence Township Police Chief Stephen Fazekas announced today that a Florence Township Municipal Court official has been arrested for using court-collected funds for personal expenses.
Tracey A. Verduchi, age 48, of 2042 Old York Road in Burlington Township, N.J., was charged with one count of Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received. Verduchi, the Deputy Court Administrator, resigned on November 18. She was taken into custody November 23 at her residence. She was released after posting 10 percent of the $10,000 bail that was set by the Hon. Bonnie Goldman, the presiding municipal court judge for Burlington County.
Verduchi was responsible for collecting funds for bail, fines and other costs assessed by the municipal court. She was required to transport the funds to the bank for deposit within 48 hours of taking possession. An audit determined that 11 deposits were delayed.
Verduchi is also accused of taking cash bail payments that were collected for outstanding warrants and using the funds for personal expenses instead of depositing them into the court’s bank account. The investigation into the amount of money that was diverted is continuing.
The investigation is being conducted by detectives from the Florence Township Police Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office Special Investigations Unit.
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.