By Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A family friend of former Tulane University art professor Pat Trivigno has been accused of stealing about $1.4 million worth of artwork and other property from the painter’s widow.

Citing an arrest report, news outlets report 41-year-old Courtney Lether was arrested Wednesday on theft and “exploitation of the infirmed” charges.

New Orleans police say they found 14 missing paintings in an Uptown guest house that Lether, a film makeup artist, had been renting from Eva Trivigno.

The 72-year-old widow says Lether had been a “close friend” of her family.

Pat Trivigno’s works are displayed at both the New Orleans Museum of Art and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He taught at Tulane University for 43 years and died in 2013 at the age of 90.

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