Woman Targeted Marshmallow Festival in Thefts

A Ligonier woman is charged with bilking a popular festival and a business out of more than $136,000; money that she said she used to buy Longaberger baskets and alcohol.

Tamara Deel, 42, appeared in a Noble County courtroom earlier this week to face the charges of C felony theft, C felony fraud on a financial institution and D felony theft.

Deel is accused of stealing the money between June 2008 and June 2012. According to court records, Deel is allegedly responsible for stealing $121,471.38 from an undisclosed business where she worked. She’s also accused of taking more than $15,000 from the Ligonier Marshmallow Festival while she served as a committee chairwoman.

Officers arrested Deel Tuesday morning. She’s scheduled to be back in court Wednesday afternoon when her bail will be set.

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