Former Northwestern Michigan Fair Association Employee Accused of Embezzlement

A Grand Traverse County woman has a warrant out for her arrest.

She is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollNoel Embezzlement Arrest V53000 00 06 10still001ars from the Northwestern Michigan Fair Association where she worked.

Jillian Noel was elected as the fair association’s treasurer in 2016.

Between 2016 and February 2020, court documents say Noel used an association debit card to make more than $50,000 in personal purchases.

Noel was confronted about the money at a board meeting last year.

Court documents state that Noel eventually admitted that she owed several thousands of dollars to the association and that her family had fallen on hard times.