Leah Ann Vick, a 26 year old Kentucky Girl Scout Troop leader stole over 6,000 boxes of girl scout cookies.
These cookies were meant for the local troops to sell. The value of these cookies falls at about $26,000, according to the Girl Scout Marketing director.
This was discovered after the Girl Scout officials have been trying to collect payment for this large cache of cookies since February.
When they first contacted her about it, she said, “I am sorry, it must have been a mistake.” She continued on, letting the Girl Scouts know, “I will get those funds back to you.”
The girl scouts never received the money for the cookies, and then reported the incident to the police. An investigation was launched by the Pike County Circuit Court Grand Jury, which charged Vick with felony theft.
Detectives are still looking into whether or not she had her troops sell the cookies or whether she sold the cookies herself.
Girl Scout troops sign an agreement to fulfill the total cost for the boxes of cookies they plan to sell, McGraw said. The organization fronts the money until Scouts sell their cookies and send back the funds, she said. Vick was in charge of the cookie order.
“Right now our biggest concern is actually focusing on recovering and maintaining the troop for the girls. They use those funds for service projects, educational trips. The biggest point of the cookies sale is actually financial literacy,” McGraw said. If convicted, Vick could face up to 10 years in prison. She is being held in the Pike County Detention Center and will be arraigned May 26. Vick could not be reached for comment and it was unclear if she has an attorney. A Kentucky Girl Scout troop leader is accused of running off with over 6,000 boxes of cookies, local officials say.