Olson Pleads Guilty to Keeping Girl Scout Cookie Money

CLEARFIELD – A DuBois woman accused of keeping Girl Scout cookie money pleaded guilty in Clearfield County Court.

Kimberly D. Olson, 31, 93 Ponce Lane, DuBois, pleaded guilty to theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

She was sentenced to two years probation and was fined $250 plus costs. It was part of her plea agreement that she pay $2,732.40 in restitution prior to sentencing.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, in July police were contacted by a manager of product sales for the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, Susan Jenkins. Jenkins said that Olson, a troop leader, was delinquent on paying for cookies sold in and around DuBois and Sandy Township.

She explained the troop started taking orders on Jan. 3, 2014 and a cookie order was delivered to a local fire department where the meetings are conducted in February of 2014. The members collected $3,312.00 based on the amount ordered and had $579.60 in commission for the troop. This left a balance due of $2,732.40.

As troop leader, Olson was responsible for administering the cookie drive and maintaining a checking account for the funds. However, she failed to open a checking account for this money.

A notice was sent via certified mail to Olson in July but the complaint was returned marked “unable to forward”.

When the charges were filed in September, the proceeds of the cookie sale were still unaccounted for, according to the criminal complaint.

 

 

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