Indy woman accused of stealing booking fees from 2 groups

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Prosecutors allege that a 58-year-old Indianapolis woman stole $70,000 from two not-for-profit organizations who thought she was going to deliver guest speakers for them.

Beatrice Land was arrested Friday, The Indianapolis Star reported. She is accused of accepting money to book celebrity speakers for the National FFA Organization and the Easter Seals Crossroads. Her financial records show spending at at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville.

Land is the president of the Anne Land Agency LLC, founded in 2007.

Authorities say Land promised the FFA in 2015 to deliver TV personality Bear Grylls for its national event. She was paid $40,000 upfront. FFA publicized the appearance and Grylls' real representative ordered a halt.

Officials say Easter Seals Crossroads hired Land in 2016 to secure acrobat Jennifer Bricker for $30,000. But they say she lacked the authority to do so.

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