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Possible embezzlement at Tucson Museum of Art

The Tucson Police Department Fraud Unit and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office are investigating a case of possible embezzlement at the Tucson Museum of Art.

Investigators say they believe between $200,000 – $300,000 is missing. Museum officials reported the money missing in mid-December.

Tucson Police say the only suspect in the case worked as an accountant for the Tucson Museum of Art. They say the employee had access to the financial books and may have been embezzling money for nine years.

Yesterday, police served a search warrant at the home of the former employee. They say they seized documents, bank statements and computers from the home. Investigators believe the theft began between 2000 and 2001. No arrests have been made in this case as the investigation is ongoing.

“The museum is confident that it’s suporters will understand the organization and by extension the community it serves were the victims of a crime. The museum immediately turned this matter over to the proper authorities, and is working with them during this ongoing investigation ”

The embezzlement could have dramatic impacts on the museum, which is partly funded by donations.

“It’s not just them that are the victims its for all those people that have doanted monies for their cause, to the museum, that shares victimization in the crime.” says TPD Asst. Chief Robert Villasenor.

The embezzlement was discovered in December.

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