Atlanta museum employee suspected in $1.4 million theft

ATLANTA -- Woodruff Arts Center officials say a former employee submitted $1.438 million in fraudulent invoices over the last five years.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Woodruff’s president and CEO, Virgina Hepner, said she didn’t learn about the “suspicious looking” invoices until the first of November, right after the alleged thief resigned from the center. It didn’t take long for auditors to piece together the fraud, Hepner said, and when confronted with their findings the unnamed employee, described as a “mid-level” administrator, acknowledged culpability.

The matter is being turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hepner said in a Tuesday morning press conference.

“This individual was able to find a weakness in our interior controls,” said Woodruff Board Chair Larry Gellerstedt.