Scout treasurer’s theft

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A SCOUT troop treasurer has been given a 14-week suspended prison sentence and 180 hours’ community service for stealing almost £5,000 from the group’s accounts.

Margaret Oliver, aged 60, was responsible for banking subscriptions from members of the 1st Hasland scouts, beavers and cubs troop.

Her trail of dishonesty was uncovered after the district treasurer noticed accounts for the troop had not been submitted for a long time.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard that he asked for the accounts to be sent in as soon as possible but they did not arrive. A fundraising committee then found a shortfall in the troop’s account and Oliver confessed she had ‘borrowed’ some money.

Lynn Manning, prosecuting, said: “She said she couldn’t make ends meet and was desperate. She made a note at first of what she had taken but then kept taking money and was unable to repay it.”

Oliver, of Central Street, Hasland, admitted theft.