Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 7, 2012

Girl Scout leader booked on theft charge

CENTERVILLE, Iowa — A Girl Scout leader faces charges after admitting she had her hand in the troop’s cookie jar.

Heather Lynn Benjamin, 30, has been accused of stealing more than $12,000 from the local Girl Scouts' account. She was charged with first-degree theft.

According to the Centerville Police Department, Benjamin was using the troop’s funds for her personal use. Interviewed by police Sept. 4, Benjamin confessed to taking the money.

The troop held two sales -- one in fall 2011 and one in spring 2012 -- raising $17,043 from selling cookies, nuts and magazines.

According to the complaint, a check for $7,500 to the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Council was returned for non-sufficient funds. The account was closed by the council late last month with a balance of $5,007.

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Details for this story were provided by The Daily Iowegian in Centerville, Iowa.

 

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