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    Police: Ex-Winterthur Staffer Stole Lavishly Via Credit Card

    Date: 20 Nov 2009 | | Views: 2901

    Source: The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.)

    A former Winterthur Museum employee voluntarily turned himself into Delaware State Police today after a theft investigation revealed he had spent more than $100,000 of the museum's money.

    Police charged Julian E. Leager Jr., who was the Facilities Group Supervisor, with theft and other offenses in connection to more than $100,000 in credit card charges from the museum's account.

    Detectives from the financial crimes unit started investigating Leager Oct. 6, according to documents.

    Officials from the museum said they conducted an audit and found evidence of suspect purchases by Leager, who had a company credit card. Leager made various purchases for the museum as a part of his job, but company officials told police that Leager bought personal items and changed records to cover his tracks, police said.

    From 2004-2009 more than $128,000 was spent, a company investigation revealed. Leager was terminated.

    Police said they issued a search warrant at Leager's home and found flat screen televisions, a digital camera, computer equipment, two ATV's and other items.

    Leager was charged with theft over $100,000, six counts of unlawful use of a credit card falsifying business records. He was released after posting $16,500 secured bond.

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