Shop owner charged with Olympics memorabilia theft

Detail of the 2002 Winter Games Olympic Torch. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Detail of the 2002 Winter Games Olympic Torch. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Prosecutors have charged a consignment shop owner with forging documents to steal $1 million in property, including Olympic memorabilia, from a high-profile booster of Utah’s 2002 Winter Olympics.

Court papers filed Thursday in Salt Lake City charge Constance Lynn Millet with counts of theft by deception and forgery.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Millet owns My Finer Consigner in Pleasant Grove.

Court papers say Alma Welch and Millet had a limited consignment agreement, but contend Millet altered the documents to take all the property in Welch’s home and storage units.

Among the items taken was a 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games torch. Welch is the ex-wife 2002 Games bid chief Tom Welch.

Defense attorney Ron Yengich says the matter is a civil dispute, not a criminal one.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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Detail of the 2002 Winter Games Olympic Torch. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Detail of the 2002 Winter Games Olympic Torch. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.