Former Museum Assistant Manager Convicted of Money Theft, Faces Six-month Imprisonment

Steven Bobson, Europe & Americas Editor
December 07, 2010 /

Taking advantage of his position as an assistant manager of Tribute WTC Visitor Center, a museum that houses memorabilia of the 9/11 attack, from August 2009 to February 22, 2010, the former Tribute WTC employee who was previously cashier of the center has been convicted of the money theft case, sending him to a six-month imprisonment at the Riker’s Island.

Twenty six-year old Emmanuel Reyes allegedly manipulated documents of the admission fees paid by visitors to the museum, earning him more than $12,000, according to an internal audit. Atty. Cyrus Vance, spokesperson for Manhattan District, said Reyes has been convicted of the money theft charge on Monday. Reyes would also be put under five-year probation and would be fined $12,700 in compensation to the museum which is based in Liberty Street near the World Trade Center location.

The audit showed a missing amount of $40,500 from the revenue of the museum, which was intended to support the studies of beneficiary students, programs spearheaded by volunteers and for preserving the center.

Police said the money theft charge against Reyes, who was arrested on March 15, was supported all the more by a surveillance camera footage.

CEO and co-founder of Tribute WTC Visitor Center Jennifer Adams said such a case is undesirable but fraud detectors mounted in the place have made it inevitable to catch these kinds of activities.

The museum, which opened in 2006 and founded by Adams with Lee Ielpi after the 9/11 attacks, has been serving an average of 300,000 visitors each year with its displays of artifacts, images and stories about the tragedy.


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