Police charge pair with billing district out of $20,000

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Two woman were arrested July 25 and charged with billing the Hamilton Township School District for tutoring services that were never provided.

Kimberly Jurkowski, 52, of the Mizpah section of Hamilton Township was charged with conspiring to commit theft by deception in the third degree, falsifying records in the fourth degree, and forgery in the fourth degree, according to the Hamilton Township police.

Mildred Spencer, 47, of Vineland was charged with theft by deception in the third degree, deceptive business practices in the fourth degree and falsifying records in the fourth degree.

Police said Spencer submitted bills totaling more than $20,000 for tutoring Jurkowski’s children who attend the Hamilton Township School District. The services were never provided.

The arrests resulted from a three-month investigation that began in April when the district administrative office learned of the theft and immediately notified township police.

The investigation revealed that Spencer, who is the owner and operator of Bridges Education and Counseling Services in Vineland, and Jurkowski both submitted billing documents that resulted in the theft, police said.

Jurkowski was lodged in the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing pending court and Spencer was released on her own recognizance.

Hamilton Township Police Detective Frank Schalek conducted the investigation.

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