Ex-Scout troop leader guilty of theft
A former Girl Scouts leader pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $4,000 from her troop’s annual cookie fundraiser — a crime that essentially wrecked a local troop.
Carmen Wysong, 27, could be sentenced to anything from probation to Mesa County Community Corrections or possible time in the Mesa County Jail after she pleaded guilty to felony theft and violation of probation. Under a plea agreement struck in the case, Wysong will avoid prison.
Wysong, currently a student at Colorado Mesa University, requested through her attorney that sentencing be pushed back until the end of the school semester.
She’ll be sentenced May 20 by District Judge Richard Gurley.
Wysong, at the time serving probation stemming from a conviction for being an accessory to a crime in 2007, told a Mesa County sheriff’s investigator last fall she had spent approximately $6,000 in cookie cash in order to make a deposit and two month’s rent on a home, in addition to utilities, food and a truck payment, according to an arrest affidavit.
Wysong initiated the investigation which ultimately led to her arrest.
The affidavit said she called police March 28, 2012, and reported a zippered bank bag, which had fundraiser cash from Grand Junction Troop 12671, was missing from her roommate’s dresser. Wysong and the roommate were volunteer co-leaders of the troop.
Girl Scouts last spring said the cash involved totaled $6,870, accounting for 1,963 boxes in cookie sales.
Deputy District Attorney Jason Conley told the judge Wednesday that Wysong will be asked to pay $4,807 in restitution.
The discrepancy between the totals wasn’t explained Wednesday.
Wysong was dismissed from the organization and Troop 12671 was disbanded as a result of the crime, a regional spokesperson for the group said last fall. Seven girls who raised the cash, only to see it stolen, quit the organization.