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Former county fair treasurer accused of stealing $211,000

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The former treasurer for the group that runs the Franklin County Fair is accused of stealing $211,000 in a state audit released April 8.

Dave Brobst, former treasurer of the Franklin County Agricultural Society, transferred public money to his family farm and John Deere, according to a financial audit released by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

"Nothing runs like a Deere," Yost said in a news release, "but that doesn't give you the right to buy one on the public dime."

The audit covered 2010 through 2013. Auditors found that Brobst took a total of $211,755. With bank fees, the auditor said Brobst must repay more than $220,000.

The case has been turned over to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, Yost's office said.

Brobst abruptly resigned from the Franklin County Agricultural Society in December 2012 during a "routine audit," according to society secretary Tim Shade.

Shade said Brobst had admitted to "financial irregularities" and made restitution through his attorney of $75,000 to the society in January 2013.

The Ohio Auditor's Office confirmed to ThisWeek March 5 that it it was auditing the agricultural society.

Brittany Halpin, a spokeswoman for Yost, said the state auditor is responsible for auditing fair boards in Ohio at least every two years and sooner if warranted.

ThisWeek reporter Kevin Corvo contributed to this story.

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