Woman Arrested on Suspicion of Embezzling From San Francisco Symphony

Classic Arts News   Woman Arrested on Suspicion of Embezzling From San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco police have arrested a woman on February 27 on suspicion of stealing over $17,000 from the San Francisco Symphony's box office proceeds, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Linda Simwa, 29, was hired in June 2005 to manage the orchestra's ticket receipts and incoming donations. She is suspected of replacing the cash stolen from ticket proceeds with money from donors, according to the paper.

Simwa, who is currently on probation for another embezzlement case in Alameda County, turned herself into authorities on February 27 after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Lieutenant Kenwade Lee, who works in the San Francisco Police Department's fraud unit, told the Mercury News, "This is not an overwhelming amount, but the Symphony relies on their donations to operate. The thing that's the stinger is that this is the performing arts. It's for the people to enjoy. When others take advantage of the generosity of donors, everybody misses out.''

Police reportedly began investigating the alleged fraud last year. The Symphony had to hire accountants to track the funds and give evidence to the police.

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