- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Prosecutors in Pittsburgh have filed theft charges against a debt-ridden cultural center over more than $30,000 in wages and benefits owed to a stagehand’s union.

Prosecutors say the August Wilson Center for African American Culture was paid for the work through rental fees, but never relayed the funds to the union.

The charges Friday come a week after local grant funding helped stave off a developer’s $9.5 million bid for the site.

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority and area foundations will instead pay more than $8 million to keep the center open.

The 5-year-old center is named for the late, black Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Pittsburgh native. But it’s been plagued by financial and attendance problems.

A lawyer representing the center’s court-appointed receiver did not immediately return a message Friday.

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