Tipp City, OH, June 4, 2012 – “Regardless of this unfortunate situation, the Tippecanoe Farmers’ Market will kick off as planned on Saturday, June 9,” said Frank Scenna, Market President, in response to recent developments regarding the alleged theft of funds from the organization. This announcement comes after Market committee members discovered $3,409 taken from the Farmers’ Market bank account over the last eight months.
Today, Rebecca Woodward, a volunteer with the market, was arrested on a fifth-degree felony charge. The arrest followed several weeks of internal investigation by the Farmers’ Market Committee. Last week, members of the Market Committee met with the Tipp City Police Department to discuss the missing funds. Ms. Woodward subsequently was questioned and confessed to taking the money for personal use.
At this time, the matter has been officially turned over to City Attorney David Caldwell for prosecution, and full restitution of the stolen money will be sought. Ms. Woodward has also been released from her volunteer position at the Market.
The Tippecanoe Farmers Market will proceed as planned, kicking off June 9 for Opening Day and continuing every Saturday morning through September 15. “We want our vendors and patrons to know that this year’s Market will be better than ever,” shared Scenna. “The new market location at 4th and Main provides expansion space—it’s good, because this year we will have a record number of vendors.”
For further information, please see our website at www.tippecanoefarmersmarket.com. And see you at the Market!