Music director stole $113,000 from his mother

Music director stole $113,000 from his mother


norman lebrecht

July 07, 2016

The music director of Opera Omaha has pleaded no contest to abuse of a vulnerable adult after taking $113,669 from his elderly mother, Thelma Gawf, a dementia patient.

Lawyers for John C. Gawf Jr acknowledged in court that he wrote cheques on his mother’s bank account to pay for his own gambling debts between May 2015 and January this year.

They said Gawf, 53, visits his mother every day.

He faces a possible three years in jail and $10,000 fine.

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  • Alvaro says:

    “Listening to Mozart makes you a better person”
    “Listening to Classical Music promotes better judgement ”
    “Listening to Classical Music promotes intelligence”
    “Music education is necessary for our kids future”
    “Classical Music cures cancer”
    “Classical Music revitalizes the Ozone layer”
    “Classical Music……

    Did I forget anything?

    • Doug says:

      Yes. Leftism [which kills] is “good for the children.”

    • John Borstlap says:

      Poeple who can’t listen to classical music in the right way, i.e. understanding what it means, are inaccessible to its benefits.

      • Christopher Culver says:

        If, say, a Catholic priest came on here and said “People who don’t accept the Eucharist in the right way, i.e. understanding what it means, are inaccessible to its benefits”, do you think that the majority of people here or anywhere would care or suddenly believe in said priest’s proposed remedy? A claim “Oh, if someone listened to classical music but he did bad things, then he must not have been listening correctly” is really indistinguishable from any of the various competing religious claims that surround us daily. Without any better case for it, the belief in the civilizing or moral-endowing power of classical music remains a magical one.

  • Rich Patina says:

    Hmmm….a bit of a surprise. Most music directors steal from the musicians.