What Happened To All The Cookie Money?

A former Ohio Girl Scouts leader has agreed to pay the organization $20,000 as restitution for stealing money from a cookie account and using it for vacations, groceries and other personal expenses.

Prosecutors say Tamara Jo Ward had access to a bank account the Dayton-based troop used to deposit cookie sales revenue that was to pay for the troop's recreational activities.

The 45-year-old Ward pleaded guilty in April to grand theft. Under a restitution agreement, she'll pay $5,000 up front. She'll also pay $250 a month during a five-year probation and spend 30 days in jail.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio staff representative Marcia Dowds attended Thursday's court hearing. She says the agreement allows everyone in the case to move on.

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  • by J Location: Gville on Jun 1, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    Please don't be so ignorant and childish about GIRL SCOUTS simply because of this indivudial who has no home training or common sense. Not buying cookies, punishes the GIRLS. The GIRLS didn't do this. Keep your head up girls and stick with Girl Scouts!
  • by tired of this Location: eastern nc on May 31, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    1) Mary-I agree. Embarrass her by making her face known along with the story. 2) robert-you must be a republican because they think they are holier than thou. 3) maddog-why would you punish so many because of one woman's greed. she's making restitution. Maybe she should be locked away, but again, why would you not buy cookies???
  • by Mary Location: Wilson NC on May 31, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    Sad to see what our children have as leaders in a program built on respect and honesty when I was a Girl Scout...Tsk Tsk to this lady...She also needs to do a public apology to the scouts and community and community service...
  • by robert Location: newport on May 31, 2009 at 04:48 PM
    She must be a democrat. That' OK. This is what they all do.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on May 31, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    I would buy 15 or 20 Boxes a year and then pass them out to people. But after reading this I will never buy anther Box.The woman that did this should be locked away.

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