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UPDATE: Former employee arrested in UNItix theft

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Former UNItix Assistant Director John Gogola was arrested in Cedar Falls on Wednesday morning and charged with first degree theft after a state auditor's report showed thousands of dollars missing from the university's ticketing office.

The Iowa State Auditor's Office publicly released the report on Wednesday detailing an investigation into missing money from UNItix, the University of Northern Iowa's ticketing operation. UNItix sells tickets for events held in the UNI-Dome, McLeod Center, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, the Strayer-Wood Theatre, and performances by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.

The Black Hawk County Attorney received a copy of the auditor's report in October according to the Department of Public Safety and asked the Department of Criminal Investigations to assist. DCI agents arrested Gogola around 10 a.m. Wednesday. He is being held in the Black Hawk County Jail on $50,000 bond.

The auditor's report identified $18,891 in missing funds from UNItix, and claims that $16,412 of that amount can be traced to Gogola's personal debit and credit cards between 2008 and 2010. The report says the money came from 284 improper transactions spread out over 112 customer accounts.

According to a statement by the university, the missing money was noticed when a woman called to say she had paid for tickets but had not received them. The university says after investigating further, they found her payment had been received, but the tickets had never been sent. Further review of UNItix records showed that thousands of dollars may be unaccounted for. UNI then contacted the state auditor's office to request a special investigation.

"While the auditor's report identifies accounts that were affected, that doesn't necessarily mean all those accounts actually lost money," UNI assistant vice president for administration and financial services Steve Carignan said in a written statement. "In the end, almost all the funds taken were from the main UNItix account, but a small number of individuals and groups did lose money. We are contacting all the people and groups affected and checks are being mailed today to repay the stolen funds."

The auditor's report also includes recommendations on how to improve internal controls and security at UNItix. UNI says most of those recommendations have already been implemented.

Click here to read the auditor's full report.

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