Ex- Opera The­ater em­ployee ac­cused of steal­ing over $ 100K

Chicago Sun-Times - - METRO BEAT - Staff Re­porters BY HEDY WEISS AND JEFF MAYES

The for­mer box of­fice man­ager of the Chicago Opera The­ater has been charged with steal­ing more than $ 100,000 in ticket re­ceipts dur­ing the three- plus years he worked for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Brian Gore, 36, was ar­rested Wed­nes­day in the 200 block of West Jack­son and charged with one felony count of theft/ unau­tho­rized con­trol of over $ 100,000, ac­cord­ing to Chicago Po­lice.

He ap­peared in court Thurs­day, and Judge Mary Maru­bio or­dered him held on a $ 10,000 bond, ac­cord­ing to Cook County state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice spokes­woman Tan­dra Si­mon­ton.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the COT re­ported that a for­mer em­ployee had been pro­cess­ing credit card ticket pay­ments, then mark­ing them as com­pli­men­tary and di­vert­ing the money to a per­sonal ac­count, po­lice said. The al­leged thefts went on from Septem­ber 2014 through May 2016, ac­cord- ing to po­lice.

Gore, who lives in the North Side Lin­coln Square neigh­bor­hood, worked as box of­fice man­ager for the COT for 3 ½ years un­til leav­ing in May 2016, ac­cord­ing to Doug Clay­ton, gen­eral direc­tor of COT.

The miss­ing funds were dis­cov­ered when the com­pany re­or­ga­nized its staff and box of­fice a year ago and re­al­ized many more com­pli­men­tary tick­ets than rea­son­able had been recorded, Clay­ton said.

It ap­pears Gore took ticket buy­ers’ credit card in­for­ma­tion and routed the pay­ments to a per­sonal ac­count, he said.

The per­for­mances in­volved took place pri­mar­ily at the Har­ris The­ater for Mu­sic and Dance. The com­pany now pro­duces most of its work at The Stude­baker The­ater, where Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Con­sul” is now run­ning.

Clay­ton said COT hopes to re­cover some of the money, al­though that will de­pend on Gore’s as­sets. COT’s an­nual bud­get is about $ 2.5 mil­lion.

Brian Gore was the box- of­fice man­ager of the Chicago Opera The­ater for 3 1/ 2 years un­til leav­ing in May 2016, the COT says. | CHICAGO PO­LICE

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