Authorities originally believed Doreen Longo, former manager of the Franklin Mineral Museum, stole in excess of $75,000 but they now state it was over $100,000. Longo, 63, may go through the pre-trial intervention program to resolve her case and get her charges dismissed.
She was charged with stealing money, electronics and other items in October of 2017 and it is alleged she created false expense reports requesting money. If Longo chooses to apply for the pre-trial intervention program she would have to pay restitution "in excess of $100,000" to the museum. The program was created for first-time offenders with the goal of deterring future criminal behavior.
The former Wantage resident, who now lives in South Carolina, reportedly worked for the museum for three years before resigning in June 2017.
The museum has had some bad luck over the past year. In June of 2017 someone broke in to the museum and stole $30,000 worth of gems and minerals. That incident, which is unrelated to Longo's case, is still under investigation.
Longo's next court date is scheduled for Sept. 24.