Kenneth J. Culligan, 53, was indicted on one count of elements of computer theft (Second Degree), one count of theft by deception (Third Degree) and one count of misapplication of entrusted property (Third Degree).
The indictment was returned June 19.
Culligan is not in custody at this time. He is considered a fugitive and an arrest warrant has been issued.
Culligan worked as a Special Civil Part Court Officer for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Burlington County Vicinage.
He was not a court employee, but an independent contractor who provided the service of collecting and processing payments from debtors.
The funds were then placed into an account and transferred to the creditors, with Culligan receiving a commission for each transaction.
In January of 2011, the court system announced that Culligan was no longer authorized to perform the duties of a Special Civil Part Court Officer.
A subsequent audit of his accounting records and activities revealed that, since August 2009, Culligan had allegedly illegally obtained and/or commingled $74,383 in funds above the amount he was permitted to retain in commissions.
The investigation was conducted by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit with assistance from the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts.