• Fri, May 4 2012

Mother, Girl Scouts Leader Allegedly Stole Cookie Money And Not For Chick Flick Reason

girl scoutsIt probably doesn’t get much lower than stealing money from Girl Scouts. But oh wait, it does. Mother and Girl Scouts troop leader Ana Juarez was  arrested and charged with felony grand theft. Her crime? Stealing $6,000 from her own troop — and it looks like it wasn’t for a cutesy reason befitting a romantic comedy like an entry fee for a kid’s talent show or to provide pillows for animal shelters.

CBS news reports that Ana used the troop’s debit card for a personal shopping spree, including some other expenses like gas. Among the $2,000 missing from the debit count, Ana is also being charged with stealing $4,000 in cash. Huffington Post reports:

“It was just shocking to see that we became her own personal piggy bank: gas, nails, Nordstroms, Victoria’s Secret,” troop co-leader Verna de los Reyes told the station.

Ana reportedly has a 6-year-old daughter who was in the troop from which her mother allegedly stole from prior to her arrest.

Even if the charges are false, the crime still means disappointment for the Southern California troop as those 10 hardworking young ladies are estimated to have sold 500 boxes each. The kids were looking forward to an American Girl doll and a limousine ride for their own shopping spree. And regardless of if Ana is innocent, those girls no longer have such a reward awaiting them.

(photo: gshom.org)

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  • Brandy

    This isn’t unheard of. Another parent stole the cookie money from my mom’s Girl Scouts troop when I was a Brownie. There isn’t enough oversight of the money.

  • Shelly

    I’m a Service Unit Manager for the girl scouts. Which means that I over see about 40 troops. (It is a volunteer position, so I’m not getting paid to do it.) One of my many hats I wear in this position is to collect finance reports, and encourage the leaders to spend the money wisely, and help settle disputes between parents and leaders concerning the troop’s money. (You will be surprise at what parents think they can do with the troops’s money)

    If we do not get a finance report from a leader it sends up red flags. I can request my bosses (who are paid employees of GSUSA) to check the bank account. Our council has a paid finance officer who is on every troop’s bank account so she can pull up every one’s account.

    Most of the time it is just the leader is busy and forgot, but every now and then we will have a leader who has spent the money on herself. Usually it is when a leader is moving out of state and no longer being a leader. They feel they can take the money and run. But last year I had a leader drain $3000 from her troop account. I wish my council would arrest her, but all they have done is send her to our debt collector.

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