Former Franklin County Agricultural Society Treasurer Accused Of Theft

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The former Treasurer of the group that manages the Franklin County Fair is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money. The allegations stem from a state auditor’s report released Tuesday.

Dave Brobst, the former Treasurer of the Franklin County Agricultural Society, is accused of stealing more than $200,000 over a two-year period.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the former treasurer may now face criminal charges. The report found that nearly $212,000 was stolen through written checks, unaccounted collections and wire transfers.

The state auditor’s office said the money went to Brobst’s farm accounts and to John Deere for personal expenses.

The audit reviewed years 2010 through 2012. According to the State Auditor, Brobst has repaid all of the money.

The Columbus Dispatch reports, Brobst is also accused of stealing nearly $20,000 from the Groveport Lions Club when he served as treasurer of that organization.

O’Brien said he has the audit and will be getting together with detectives and look into filing criminal charges.