Arrest in Theft of Benefits Case

March 12, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Cape May County Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson (Health and Human Services), and Cape May County Department of Human Services Department Head, Donna Groome announce an arrest has been made as the result of a joint investigation into theft from Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Cards and the misuse of temporary housing provided through Code Blue Alerts.

In March of 2019, the Cape May County Division of Social Services informed the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office of the unauthorized use of EBT Cards. A joint investigation was then conducted by Detectives from the Prosecutor’s Office and Investigators from Social Services.

As a result of this investigation, on March 11, 2019, Richard Montgomery, a 66 year old male from Lower Township, was arrested and charged with theft by deception, a crime of the 4th degree.*

The investigation revealed that Montgomery had fraudulently used the EBT card of a former roommate who had been deceased since July of 2018. According to Prosecutor Sutherland the amount of the theft was over $300.00 and Montgomery was released with a summons pending Court Proceedings.

Prosecutor Sutherland stated this joint investigation into theft and misuse of Social Services benefits provided by the County is continuing and ongoing and that additional arrests and charges may be filed.

Prosecutor Sutherland further stated his office will continue to work hand in hand with the Division of Social Services to stop any and all fraudulent use of Social Services benefits and that violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding this investigation or any criminal activity within the community and this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800, or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

* Any charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty.