Prison term ordered in $380K theft from art fair organizers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The former treasurer of an arts organization that stages one of Indianapolis’ best-known art fairs is going to prison for stealing more than $380,000 from the group.

A Marion County judge on Tuesday sentenced 28-year-old Brandon Benker to three years in prison and two years on work release or home detention. Benker pleaded guilty to felony theft charges.

The theft from the Penrod Society occurred over nine months in 2008. Prosecutors said Benker used some of the money for a Las Vegas gambling spree.

Defense attorney James Voyles says Benker has spent time in treatment for a gambling addiction.

The judge ordered Benker to pay $200 a month in restitution after his release from prison.

The Penrod Arts Fair is held each September at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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