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EX-BUSINESS MANAGER OF ART MUSEUM AT BYU FACES A SINGLE THEFT CHARGE

The Utah County attorney's office this week filed one count of theft by deception, a second-degree felony, against the former business manager of the Brigham Young University Museum of Art.

The charge was filed Monday in 4th Circuit Court against Peter L. Woodman, 28, Orem. He is scheduled to make a first appearance May 9 before Judge Steven L. Hansen.BYU spokesman Brent Harker said the university was alerted by a local merchant to some "unusual practices" in the museum's business office. Campus police investigated, and a university audit discovered funds were missing. At that point the case was turned over to the county attorney's office for prosecution.

Harker would not comment on the amount of money the college believes is missing, but the court complaint says it is more than $5,000. The complaint also says the theft occurred in July 1994.

"We regret it has occurred and realize the impact on the family but we have to carry out our stewardship over these funds," Harker said.

Woodman, who had worked at the university for about two years, was terminated in February.