Indianapolis woman accused of pocketing $70K meant to book celebrity speakers

Posted at 8:13 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 20:13:45-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis woman was charged Friday with two counts of theft after prosecutors say she took $70,000 to book celebrity guest speakers and kept the money for personal use instead.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Easterseals Crossroads hired Anne Land Agency LLC, owned by Beatrice Land, to hire a guest speaker for an April event in Indianapolis.

Land told Easterseals she could book Jennifer Bricker and Easterseals agreed to pay four installments totaling $30,000, according to the probable cause. Bricker did appear, but Easterseals was contacted two months later by Bricker's reps who said she hadn't been paid.

The National FFA also signed a contract with the Anne Land Agency to reserve Bear Grylls for their October 2016 event for $75,000 plus expenses. According to prosecutors, on the day of the contract signing, Land required the FFA to pay a $40,000 deposit. Shortly after the contract was signed the FFA received letters from Grylls reps saying that Bear Grylls has no relationship or contract with the FFA or Land Agency LLC. Land did not refund the money to the FFA and Grylls never appeared at the event.

According to prosecutors, Land deposited the checks from both instances into her personal bank account. They say there was no record of payment or checks written to Jennifer Bricker, Bear Gyrlls, or their representatives.

An initial hearing for Land has not been set at this time.

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