A bench warrant was issued Tuesday for the arrest of a Drew County woman suspected of stealing a substantial amount of money from the Drew County Fair.

Brenda Diane Reed, 64, was removed as treasurer of the Drew County Fair Board after the board president, Raymond Chisom on November 2, 2017 contacted State Police about a possible theft, according to an affidavit for a warrant for Reed’s arrest.

In the “facts constituting reasonable cause,” the affidavit reads:

“… It had come to Chisom’s attention that the fair board treasurer, Brenda Reed had misappropriated funds while treasurer of the board. Reed was removed from the board and the investigation into the misappropriation was started. Chisom is conducting an audit and will report the total of his findings.


“The Drew County Fair Board used two banks, Commercial and Union banks of Monticello. From bank statements obtained from both banks it was found that checks were written for cash and endorsed by Reed in excess of $37,000. Reed had stolen monies from both bank accounts and it is estimated to total approximately $167,000.


“On March 15, 2018, Brenda Reed was interviewed about the theft of the monies from the Drew County Fair. She admitted that over the past several years as treasurer she has taken money from the accounts to pay her personal bill(s) as well as bills for her son Brison Reed’s business, which is B&M Land Management. Reed, who also is employed by Pomeroy and McGowin Land Management, used their accounts to funnel money in the amount of approximately $39,843. Reed said she would use electronic transfer from the Fair Board accounts to Pomeroy and McGowin accounts. Reed said she cannot remember where all the monies went or how much she took.”

The March 15 interview was recorded by State Police.