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Rodgers And Hammerstein’s Bookkeeper Arrested

December 12, 1991

NEW YORK (AP) _ A bookkeeper for the estate of legendary songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein was charged with diverting $740,000 of the estate’s money into her bank account, police said.

Lea Gilchinsky, 43, of New York, was arrested Wednesday and charged with grand larceny, said police spokesman Sgt. Peter Berry.

Gilchinsky had worked as a bookkeeper for the estate of the famed songwriters since 1981, police said. She allegedly began diverting money into her personal bank account in 1986, Berry said.

Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote ″Oklahoma,″ ″Carousel,″ ″South Pacific,″ ″The King And I,″ and ″The Sound of Music.″

Hammerstein died in 1960 and Rodgers died in 1979.

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