For young girls, a Girl Scout Leader is someone that is a mentor, guide and certainly above all an adult to be trusted. So, when Kentucky Girl Scout troop leader Leah Ann Vick, 26, was arrested this week, accused of running off with over 6,000 boxes of cookies that were to be sold by local troops, the impact was devastating, according to CNN. What kind of person does that to children under her care?
The heartbreak for young girls who were planning to use that money for various programs is serious. Vick had signed for the more than $26,000 worth of cookies, according to Haleigh McGraw, Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Girl Scout marketing director. But the cookies or payment for the money has not been recovered.
Vick has never explained why she decided to go to the dark side by allegedly pilfering valuable funds that her troops would need. She even attempted to string along McGraw, who made several attempts to find out the status of the cookie sales or funds. The marketing director said, “We started contacting her. She did let us know that: ‘I am sorry, it must have been a mistake, I will get those funds back to you,’ “reported CNN.
After months of no explanation or reasonable response from Vick, a Pike County Circuit Court grand jury charged Vick with felony theft, according to county Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley. Meanwhile the police investigation into Vick’s actions is continuing. The Girl Scout troops sign an agreement to fulfill the total cost for the boxes of cookies they plan to sell.
McGraw indicated that the organization fronts the money until Scouts sell their cookies and send back the funds. She added, Vick was in charge of the cookie order, according to CNN.
The bottom line is clear. If the funds are not recovered, the service projects as well as planned educational trips will be dashed. Vick is being held in the Pike County Detention Center and will be arraigned May 26. If convicted she could face 10 years in prison.