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North Carolina Girl Scout fraud allegations leads to arrest

Most people in North Carolina and across the country are aware of the cookie-selling fundraisers that Girl Scout troops undertake. Many people may not realize the effort -- from those other than the scouts and the parents -- that goes into making such a drive a success. Unfortunately, a woman was recently arrested after fraud allegations connected with the fundraiser were made.

Investigators reportedly received a report of fraud from the Girl Scouts Peak to Piedmont in late August. As a result, officials initiated an investigation into "misuse of funds" connected to the cookie fundraiser in 2018 for Troop 2819. Through the investigation, detectives are said to have identified a 43-year-old woman as the "cookie manager" for the troop.

Police have since accused the woman of "obtaining" over $7,000 from the sale. They further allege that the money was used for her personal use. As a result, she was charged with obtaining property by false pretense and arrested. She is scheduled to appear in court in late January.

Unfortunately, the idea of someone taking money from a Girl Scout troop is a sensational one that will likely garner a great deal of attention. However, there is often more to a case than is reported in the media. In this case alleging fraud, it is unclear how many people may have had access to the money and how investigators connected this defendant to the missing crash. The North Carolina woman may be unsure how to respond to the accusations against her. As such, she may choose to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to guide her throughout the process.

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