Former horse fair official accused of embezzlement

posted Dec. 26, 2017 7:13 a.m. (CDT)
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Rhonda Reese, the former executive director of the Midwest Horse Fair, is being accused of stealing money from the organization and altering records to cover her tracks, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Reese, of Columbus, reportedly used the Midwest Horse Fair’s accounts to make at least $238,800 in personal purchases.

She was fired from her job in July after the fair’s officials discovered the theft, the State Journal reported.

Columbus Police Lt. Dennis Weiner said the charges will include multiple counts of theft in a business setting greater than $10,000 and fraudulent writings. Reese is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 10.

Reese was the Midwest Horse Fair’s executive director from 2007 to July of 2017, when Megan Hanuszczak, who had been the fair’s event coordinator, became executive director.

Reese reportedly admitted taking the money and talked about paying it back, and told the Horse Fair board of directors she hoped the matter could be kept confidential. The board of directors instead decided to report the theft to police.

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