Re: Money scandals
Jim Holman (jrholman@POSTBOX.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Wed, 17 Jul 1996 13:18:27 -0400
At 09:10 AM 7/17/96 -0700, you wrote:
>Kim Moye and a few others have mentioned the problem of a pack/troop
>leader stealing money. This seems to be even more widespread than I
been there, done that, have the t-shirt. When our pack discovered this with
a FORMER treasurer (she and her husband had been running the pack alone for
several years) we approached the District Committee and our District
Executive who told us 'tough luck' just go on and forget about it, it
happens all the time!!!!!!!! The story from our Chartering Organization
(school pto) was, "The pack isn't our problem".
Your scenario is right on the money (sorry for the pun). No treasurer's
report for several months, suddenly sick, etc. etc. She would have gotten
away with it if she hadn't be SO BRAZEN and took just a little too much.
When you make $1000 more than usual with fundraisers and don't do 2 standard
expensive activities and STILL run out of money, people start questioning.
We calculated she absconded with almost $2,000 (out of a $4,000 budget) in a
single year. Lord knows what happened before. We ended up going to small
claims court and got around $1,000 that we could firmly document. It was a
traumatic experience for me (representing the pack) as well as others who
were 'friends' with the former leaders. This is a small town and even
though we were in the right, it's uncomfortable to turn the aisle at the
grocery store and be face to face with someone you humiliated in court.
(And she WAS humiliated. Even though the referee only gave us a little more
than half of what we asked for, he gave her a very stern lecture regarding a
'persistant and clear pattern of pilfering from the treasury'). I happened
to see him later on a social occasion and he told me then that if we had
wanted to be nasty, we could have gone through 'real' court and sent her to
jail, our evidence was strong enough. Even so, we had to put a 'freeze' on
her bank accounts to get her to pay the court award.
It's a very sad, but apparently common occurrence.
After all this, I consider myself experienced, if not an expert, on small
claims court, and would be happy to share by private e-mail some suggestions
for anyone going through this process. With the stuff I know now, we would
have been in a much better position. There are some serious mistakes you
can make, so don't go into small claims court unprepared.
Jim Holman /
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