Former Girl Scout Leader Pleads Guilty To Theft

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Girl Scout troop leader has pleaded guilty to swindling her troop and chapter of more than $8,000 that was generated, in part, by the sale of Girl Scout cookies.

Fifty-five-year-old Joleen Marie Hopkins pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by swindle on Tuesday. She served as a leader to a Girl Scout troop in Mendota Heights, Minn. in 2005 and was accused of the thefts in 2008 and 2009. Hopkins has two prior felony convictions and another for a gross misdemeanor.

According to a Girl Scout official, Hopkins’ husband served as “cookie manager” for the troop. The charges state that Hopkins spent approximately $8,200 from Girl Scout funds. About $4,000 of that was generated by Girl Scout cookie fundraising drives over the last few years.

Paperwork shows funding from the troop was used to pay personal bills, buy sports equipment for Hopkins’ daughters and make purchases at auto parts stores, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses.

A local spokesperson for the Girl Scouts said they never did a follow-up background check of Hopkins after 2005.

Barbara Boelk, a spokesperson for the Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valley Girl Scout Chapter, said they now require criminal background checks.

Hopkins will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 in Hastings. Full restitution will be sought for all financial losses in this case.

  • Ogie Oglethorpe

    When will we, as a society, stop letting people steal from us and get away with it?

    Prison does not stop people from wanting to take what is not theirs.

    Time to go back to hanging people publically for stealing.

    There is NO EXCUSE for taking what is not yours!!!!!

    • Ronald Raygun

      I agree wholeheartedly. All republicans should read your post and take note. Maybe they will stop the behavior you are referring to.

      • Jimmy


  • Jen

    What a gross bag!

  • cookie monster

    Can you say: “Rode hard and put away wet?”

  • Amos

    Let’s see if she gets more than the guy who beat the heck of his girlfriends kid or the thing that threw her baby in the snowbank! Minnesota…….

    • Andy

      Stealing fromGirl Scouts does not seem to leave room for sympathy,

      • markH

        Stealing from anyone is terrible-the Girl Scouts are no exception.

  • ouch

    Face of a catchers mitt!

  • Jolean

    Gimme another drink!

  • ahab

    Hang her? Put her down because of her face in a mug shot? Is this reply board populated by junior high, adolescent children? Good thing you all use code names, so your parents don’t have to be embarassed by you.
    Yes, she did wrong, but I’ll bet no one looks good when they are posing for a mug shot before being put in jail. Grow up, kids!

    • Josh F.

      She deserves what ever she gets. If you steal from kids you better be ready for some guff. I like your code name – you tool!
      Who would defend this piece of garbage……………her daughter – who got some nice sports equipment??

    • Les Johnson

      I’m not junior high or adolescent. I’m a contributing member of society and I have 5 kids.

      Yes, she should be hanged from the tallest tree in town and it should be public.

      Stealing is wrong and there is no excuse for taking that which is not yours.

      No punishment other than forfeiting her life is acceptable.

      • Aflac

        QUACk, QUACK……….

    • we

      @ ahad You are a tool defending this piece of junk ! I say light both of you up and watch you burn like human candles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • blackie

    another wigger in the news stealing OMG must be the sign of the time

  • See BS

    I think a greedy, corrupt and fascist girlscout cookie manufacture corporation would subject little girls to slave labor in a diamond mine if they were allowed too, if it helped their evil private corporation profit margin and shareholders.

    Of course taxpayers are expected to make up for the lack of safeguards in their Denny Hecker cookie operation.

    Next time you see a little girl selling cookies, don’t let her fool ya’, she is really part of a white collar crime network!

  • taxpayer

    what an embarrassment,and u should be ashame of ur self dumb female dogg

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Top 5 comments about this story, thus far:

    – What a gross bag!
    – Can you say: “Rode hard and put away wet?”
    – Face of a catchers mitt!
    – Gimme another drink!
    – Is this reply board populated by junior high, adolescent children?

    Hahahahahaha! Oh, and ahab, if we wanted your DA comment we would have farted…

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