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August 08, 2011

Former Employee Admits $1-Million Theft From Mark Twain House

A longtime employee of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn., pleaded guilty Friday to stealing more than $1-million from the facility, according to The Wall Street Journal and the Hartford Courant.

Donna Gregor, the organization's controller for more than 20 years, admitted to one count each of wire fraud and filing a false tax return. She was fired last year after museum officials discovered she had been diverting funds for more than a decade by falsifying payroll information and writing herself checks on the organization's account.

The museum, which preserves the home where Mr. Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn, nearly went broke in 2008 after years of losses but has returned to fiscal health, according to Gregory Boyko, president of the board of trustees.