Brooklyn Museum Thief Admits to Crimes


Following up on a story from early June, when we reported that former Brooklyn Museum payroll manager Dwight Newton was arrested for theft, another in a string of people who had stolen heaps of money from already-suffering museums, it looks like Mr. Newton wound up having either a very lousy holiday weekend or maybe was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief. Just before Christmas, Newton confessed to his crimes and plead guilty to having stolen around $620,000 from the museum, wiring himself check after check for more than three years, according to the NY Daily News. Now that he’s plead guilty, here’s what he’s up for:

Under the plea agreement, Newton must repay the museum every penny he stole. He agreed to sell a time share he owns in Barbados to make good on $77,000 in criminal forfeiture owed to the government.

He faces 63 months in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for wire fraud when he’s sentenced in April by Brooklyn Federal Judge John Gleeson.