Columbus woman accused of stealing from Reagan Tokes memorial fund

Marsha Ellen Frazier, 47, appears in court (WBNS-10TV)
Tokes fund theft suspect speaks
Woman accused of stealing from Reagan Tokes fund

COLUMBUS -- ​A Columbus woman accused of stealing $700 from a memorial fund set up to honor the legacy of murdered Ohio State student Reagan Tokes was reportedly "tricked" into doing it, according to her attorney.

Marsha Ellen Frazier, 47, appeared in Franklin County Municipal Court Wednesday for her arraignment on a forgery charge.

Her public defender, Tanya Askew, offered this explanation in court:

"Your honor, she indicates that a gentleman actually tricked her into doing this. She has information on where this person lives. And is willing to cooperate with police officers and anyone who is doing an investigation into this with her attorney present."

According to court documents, Frazier is alleged to have gone to a Checksmart location in the Short North area on July 28th where she allegedly cashed a forged check from a Darrel Frazier in the amount of $700. The account belonged to the Reagan Tokes Memorial Fund, court records state.

Lisa and Toby Tokes set up the fund to provide scholarships to other students in honor of their late daughter, Reagan.

Reagan was abducted, raped and killed back in February. The man charged in the crime, Brian Golsby, has pleaded not guilty to an 18-count indictment that includes charges of murder, kidnapping and rape.

10 Investigates has uncovered a series of shortfalls that indicate the state, parole officers and halfway houses failed to closely monitor Golsby after he was released from prison last fall. Despite being assigned a GPS ankle monitor, no one closely watched his whereabouts after his release.

Police say DNA from a cigarette butt found in Tokes' car links him to the crime.

He's also accused of committing a string of robberies in the weeks leading up to Tokes' murder.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Lisa and Toby Tokes told 10 Investigates that "it is thoroughly disgusting" that someone would steal from an account set up to help others and honor the memory of their daughter.

They called the alleged behavior "unbelievable."

According to Lisa McCrary-Tokes, she was the first one to notice the funds were missing back in late July. Lisa told 10 Investigates she alerted police in their hometown of Maumee.

10 Investigates obtained a Maumee police report that shows Lisa McCrary-Tokes was the only authorized user of that account. The Maumee Police alerted Columbus Police after learning a check from the fund account had been routed to another bank in Columbus and then cashed at the Checksmart on N. High Street.

Frazier was being held on a $2500 cash bond. Her next court date is October 20.

This morning her defense attorney offered some explanation.

"She was tricked into doing this ... she knows the person behind it and is willing to cooperate with authorities," Askew said.

The judge set another appearance date for Frazier later this month and set her bond at $2,500.

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