Rochester, New York -
The former director of the Monroe County Fair is suing the organization for $61,378.79. Fran Tepper claims she and her husband, Bruce, loaned the fair money that has not been paid back.
The lawsuit says Tepper loaned the fair money in 2008, 2009 and 2011 to keep it afloat. She also says she was not paid her last month's salary of $4,160. Tepper said the fair agreed to pay her $2,000 for legal fees she incurred from having to fend off debt collectors.
The Teppers loaned the fair $30,000 in 2008 and another $15,000 in 2009. In 2011, the fair extended the promissory notes on the loans. The Teppers say they took out a home equity line of credit to make the loans.
The Teppers say they are not seeking a profit from the loans, only the principal and interest they were charged by the bank. Fran Tepper also said she loaned the fair $815 in 2011, when she was no longer the director.
Emails included in the lawsuit indicate the fair intended to pay the Teppers back when the organization sold the Dome Arena and fairgrounds property. But the sale, scheduled to close last summer, fell through. The property remains on the market.
The Monroe County Fair's financial problems were exposed last year when the county put out a request for proposals seeking a new vendor to run the fair at Northampton Park. The county decided to stay with the same fair operator. A group of Ogden residents were unsuccessful in suing the county to stop the fair from operating at the new location.
A number for the Monroe County Fair did not have a voicemail system to leave a message seeking comment about the lawsuit. Messages sent to the Facebook and email accounts of the fair have not been returned.
Tepper declined to comment.