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Karen Marshall, president of the 88th Annual Sequatchie County Fair, takes close look at one of the many amusement rides.
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Pamela Smith

A pair of sisters who were volunteers with the Sequatchie County Fair in Dunlap, Tenn., have been charged on indictments with stealing funds from the organization.

Karen Lynn Marshall, 61, and Pamela Mason Smith, 59, both of Dunlap, each were charged last Friday on original indictments with theft of property valued at $1,000 to $10,000, 12th Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Steve Strain said on Thursday.

The charges stem from a Tennessee Comptroller's Office audit and investigation of the Sequatchie County Fair organization. The probe was completed in late fall 2016. The Comptroller's Office has not yet issued a report on its findings, said Strain, who presented the case to the Sequatchie County grand jury.

Strain said the indictments were handed down last Friday.

According to the indictments, Smith is charged with thefts taking place between June 2012 and December 2014, while Marshall is charged with thefts taking place between March 2012 and March 2014.

Both women are now free on $5,000 bonds and face Feb. 16 appearances in Sequatchie County Criminal Court.

Marshall was the president of the fair board, according to a report in the Dunlap Tribune.

One phone number listed for the Sequatchie County Fair was disconnected and another was the phone number for Marshall, who did not return the call.

A report from the comptroller's office is expected in the coming days, officials said.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569.

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