Sep 14, 2011 at 8:27 am
HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A former Mendota Heights Girl Scout leader has been sentenced to three months in jail for stealing from her daughters' troop.
Fifty-five-year-old Joleen Hopkins also was sentenced Tuesday to a month of electronic home monitoring and five years of probation. She also will have to pay more than $8,400 in restitution.
Hopkins pleaded guilty in June to two felony counts of theft by swindle. All other charges were dismissed.
The complaint says Hopkins wrote checks on Girl Scout bank accounts in 2008 and 2009 and spent some of the money at casinos, restaurants and grocery stores
Nearly $4,000 of the thefts were from the troop's cookie sales. The troop was disbanded in April 2009 once the chapter suspected Hopkins was stealing from the Scouts, and police were notified.