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Point Beach Pays Out $90K Settlement to Clerk Who Alleged Retaliation After She Discovered Falsified Water Meter Readings

POINT PLEASANT BEACH – A former borough water billing clerk was paid $90,000 to settle her 2014 lawsuit that accused borough officials of retaliation after she claimed to have discovered falsified water meter readings.

Sandra Petersen, a Brick woman who was formerly employed as a water billing clerk for the Borough of Point Pleasant Beach, claimed in her 2014 lawsuit that coworker Gary McRae “had been falsifying and entering fictitious water meter readings which resulted in residents being overbilled and/or under billed for their water/sewer usage.”

Petersen alleged in court documents that she discovered the falsification beginning in 2012, and once she reported it, employment conditions began to worsen.

Following her report of the falsification, Petersen claimed she faced “vicious and false” rumors and that borough administration took measures to prevent her from advancing or taking certification courses, among other things described in her complaint.

The unsigned and undated settlement documents were first obtained and published by New Jersey government transparency guru John Paff in response to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.

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