Former Field Museum worker accused of stealing $900K in membership fees

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- A former Field Museum worker is now charged with stealing nearly a million dollars in membership fees.

Caryn Benson is charged with one count of embezzlement. Prosecutors said she was signing up members, but giving them a temporary member card and pocketing the cash instead, taking more than $900,000 over seven years.

Museum officials noticed the missing cash when the museum underwent restructuring in April of last year.