The daughter of an Ocean County freeholder has admitted stealing more than $40,000 while working in a tax collector's office.
Authorities say 30-year-old Dawn Kelly admitted pocketing cash payments made to settle tax liens in Little Egg Harbor to support a drug addiction between November 2011 and July 2012.
Her father, Brian, is the freeholder board's director of law and public safety.
Under a plea agreement approved on Dec. 14, Kelly pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking.
Attorney General's Office spokesman Peter Aseltine tells the Asbury Park Press his office recommended probation on the condition Kelly enter an inpatient drug treatment program and forfeit her job.
Aseltine says most of the cash has been paid back.