As if comp tickets weren’t already a briar patch of a topic, you now have to worry about them covering up embezzlement. This latest example in alleged nonprofit crime happened right here in Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune published an article on 11/10/2017 by John von Rhein that reports Chicago Opera Theater’s (COT) former box office manager managed to allegedly steal more than $100,000 by diverting ticket sale funds to an account he controlled. He allegedly covered his tracks by recording the sales as comp tickets.
During Gore’s employ at COT, which lasted 3 ½ years until he left the company in May 2016, he allegedly diverted customers’ credit card ticket payments to a personal account, recording the tickets as complimentary, said Douglas Clayton, the company’s general director.
The alleged thefts took place from September 2014 through Gore’s departure in 2016, police say.
But in all seriousness, regular audits should include box office transactions.
Having said that, the box office and/or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform could make this a straightforward task or a royal pain in the neck.
Honorable mentions include (in no particular order):
- Comps and Robbers (h/t Katie Edwards)
- Opera-ting outside the law? (h/t Katie Edwards)
- Hoping to avoid Elektra chair (h/t Jim Stephenson)
- Box office thief gets Bizet stealing money and declares: “Carmen’s a bitch” (h/t Jim Stephenson)
- Der Meisterdieb von Chicago (h/t Marc van Bree)
- The Tenmillionpenny Opera (h/t Marc van Bree)
- COT in the act: easy comp, easy go. (h/t David Kleeman)
- Straight outta comped ‘em. (h/t David Kleeman)
- Aida some money; I’d really Lakmé some dough. (h/t Erin Spiker)
- A Comp-licated Opera-tion (h/t Eric M. Thomas)