Former Franklin County Agricultural Society Treasurer Stole $211,000

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Columbus – Former Franklin County Agricultural Society Treasurer Dave Brobst wire transferred public funds to the family farm and John Deere, according to a financial audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost. 

“Nothing runs like a Deere,” Auditor Yost said. “But that doesn’t give you the right to buy one on the public dime.”

The audit reviewed years ranging from 2010 – 2012. During that time, Brobst stole a total of $211,755 through written checks, unaccounted collections and wire transfers to his farm accounts and to John Deere for personal expenses. 

With the addition of $8,301 in bank fees, a finding for recovery has been issued against Brobst in the amount of $220,056. Brobst repaid the funds over multiple installments, making the final repayment on March 3, 2014. These findings have been referred to the Franklin County Prosecutor. 

A full copy of this audit may be accessed online.



The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies.  Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.

Carrie Bartunek
Press Secretary