Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Arizona Museum Accountant Charged With Embezzling Nearly $1 Million

Ruth Ellen Sons, 62, of Tucson, Arizona, has been charged with embezzling $973,000 from the Tucson Museum of Art where she had been employed as an accountant since 1990. According to the complaint, Sons allegedly forged the signatures of museum officers, stole cash from museum gift shop and attempted to hide her thefts by manipulating the museum's general accounting ledger. The thefts ocured between 2003 and 2008, according to reports. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges, including three counts of fraud, three counts of theft and one count of illegally conducting an enterprise. Sons is reported to have been a major gambler at the Desert Diamond Casino.

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