TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey authorities say a former Apple employee double-billed the firm for business expenses on her company credit card and used the resulting credit to buy herself luxury items.

Toni Ann Branca faces a theft by deception charge in an indictment handed up Tuesday by a state grand jury. Authorities say the 41-year-old Livingston woman embezzled about $243,000 from Apple while working as an administrative assistant.

Branca worked mostly from her home and was responsible for arranging employee training, travel and parking for her region. She was authorized to pay for company expenses with a company-issued credit card in her name.

Authorities say Apple made the duplicate payments to the credit card company, and Branca allegedly used the resulting credit balances to shop for clothes, electronics and furniture.

It wasn’t known Wednesday if Branca has retained an attorney.

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