PATASKALA, Ohio – An investigation by the Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has led to indictments against a Girl Scout troop leader for allegedly stealing an estimated $ 12,500 from cookie sales and event fees.
Jill Gauthier, 49, was recently charged with theft, a fourth-degree crime, by a Licking County grand jury.
“She was literally hand caught in the cookie jar – an adult-sized jar that was supposed to carry adult-sized break in a place with lockable doors and barred windows,” Yost said. “How many boxes of thin mints does your troop have to sell to make up for their betrayal?”
An investigation by Yost’s Charitable Law Department and the Pataskala Police Department found that Gauthier had deposited cookie money and event fees collected by the troop members’ parents into personal bank accounts for about five years.
The parents were concerned about Gauthier’s use of the funds and alerted the authorities. Gauthier, the only person who had access to the funds, allegedly used the money on personal purchases.
Investigators submitted their findings to the Licking County Attorney’s Office, who presented the case to a grand jury. Gauthier is expected back in court on May 5th.