The woman accused of embezzling money $973,010 from the Tucson Museum of Art has been sentenced to five years in prison plus 7 additional years of probation.
Between 2003 and 2008, Ruth Sons, was employed as a bookkeeper and accountant for the museum. Last month the 62-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of fradulent schemes and artices, both felony charges, says Attorney General Terry Goddard.
“Sons violated not only the trust of her employer but also the entire Tucson community,” Goddard said. “Today’s sentencing shows that when law enforcement and community organizations work together, justice is served and everyone benefits. I appreciate the great work done by the Tucson Museum of Art staff, the Tucson Police Department and our prosecutors to bring this case to completion.”
According to Goddard, Sons’ position as an accountant gave her access to the museum’s payroll, museum shop deposits and petty cash accounts.
Goddard says that for more than five years she allegedly conducted the elaborate embezzlement scheme which included:
– Forging the signatures of the museum’s CFO and Director.
– Stealing cash intended for deposit from sales at the museum shop.
– Manipulating the museum’s general accounting ledger to conceal the embezzlement.