A former payroll manager for the Brooklyn Museum stole more than $620,000 from the institution by issuing fake paychecks that were directly deposited into his bank account, according to court papers made public on Thursday.
“We will vigorously seek restitution of the stolen funds, and the Museum has taken swift action to assure that such a theft will not happen again,” the museum said in a prepared statement. Sally Williams, a spokeswoman for the museum, added that “a significant portion” of the losses were covered by insurance.
The former employee, Dwight Newton, 40, faces up to 20 years for wire fraud if convicted.
Mr. Newton, who worked at the museum from 2002 until he resigned in 2008 and as of Friday morning was listed as financial comptroller on the Web site of Action Against Hunger, a Manhattan nonprofit, is married to a retired detective with the Brooklyn district attorney’s office.
Via (New York Times)