Published On: Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014

Indictments handed down in two Lambertville cases

new hope free press hunterdon county courthouseHunterdon County grand jurors indicted the treasurer of the Lambertville Fire Department Board of Engineers on charges of alleged theft and credit card fraud, it was announced Monday. Cynthia J. Strauss, 34, of West Amwell Township, was arrested on Oct 1, and charged with purportedly stealing from the fire department where she had been a volunteer. (The indictment is merely a formal charge. The defendant is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.)

The list of charges includes, “Theft in the Third Degree: between, on or about Oct. 17, 2013 and Jan. 2, 2014, in the City of Lambertville, Strauss did commit theft by unlawfully taking certain moveable property of the City of Lambertville Fire Commission., to wit: $2,069 specifically by making ATM cash withdrawals and unauthorized purchases for her own personal gain, with purpose to deprive the City of Lambertville Fire Commission of said property, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a.

“Fraudulent Use of Credit Card in the Third Degree: between on or about Oct.17, 2013 and Jan. 2, 2014, in the City of Lambertville and in the Township of Raritan in the County of Hunterdon, and within the jurisdiction of this Court, Strauss did commit theft by unlawfully taking certain moveable property of the City of Lambertville Fire Commission., to wit: $2,069 U.S. Currency, specifically by making ATM cash withdrawals and unauthorized purchases for her own personal gain, with purpose to deprive the City of Lambertville Fire Commission of said property, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a.

“Theft in the Third Degree: Cynthia J. Strauss, between, on or about Feb. 24, 2012 and Oct. 1, 2013, in the City of Lambertville, in the Township of East Amwell and in the Township of Raritan, did commit theft by unlawfully taking certain moveable property of Columbia Fire Company, to wit: $15,947.80 in U.S. Currency and unauthorized purchases, with purpose to deprive Columbia Fire Company of said property, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a.”

And finally, the indictment charges, “Fraudulent use of Credit Card in the Third Degree: Strauss, between, on or about Feb. 24, 2012 and Oct. 1, 2013, in the City of Lambertville, in the Township of East Amwell and in the Township of Raritan, did knowingly use a debit card belonging to Columbia Fire Company to make ATM cash withdrawals and unauthorized purchases, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-6h.”

Also indicted by jurors of Hunderton County it was announced Monday was Rajah D. Tulloch-Jones on heroin-related charges. (The indictment is merely a formal charge. The defendant is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.)

Rajah D. Tulloch-Jones was indicted on two counts that allegedly occurred around Sept. 29 in Lambertville. The first involved “conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (third degree) with the purpose of promoting or facilitating the commission of the crime(s) of, Distribution of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, that is, heroin, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)(3), agree another that he or one or more of them will engage in conduct which constitutes such crime(s), or with an attempt or solicitation to commit such crime(s), or agree to aid such other person or persons in the planning or commission of such crime(s) or of an attempt or solicitation to commit such crime(s) and in the course of such conspiracy did transport a controlled dangerous substance to a location in order to facilitate the distribution of said controlled dangerous substance, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(3).”

The second charge, that of Possession of CDS with intent to Distribute in the Third Degree, asserts Tulloch-Jones “did, knowingly or purposely possess with intent to distribute…heroin, in a quantity of less than one-half ounce contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a and 2C:35-5b(3).”

(Information is provided by prosecutor’s office, and is assumed accurate. All suspects and arrested persons are presumed not guilty unless proven guilty in a Court of Law or until such rights are waived by the accused.)

 

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