03/21/2013 10:55 am ET

Darlene Jo Lewis Allegedly Stole $10k From Girl Scouts, Spent On Senior Dating Service

Looks like someone may have been caught with her hand in the Girl Scouts' cookie jar.

A mother in Georgia was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing nearly $10,000 from her daughter's Girl Scout troop, then spending the dough on a slew of expenses ranging from gas to a dating service for seniors.

Darlene Jo Lewis, 49, was the treasurer and co-leader for Douglasville's Girl Scout Troop 798, which disbanded in May 2012, according to WSBTV. My Fox Atlanta reported that the troop had to disband because of the loss of the money allegedly embezzled by Lewis.

Tracy Williams, who became a troop co-leader in 2010, told WSBTV that she continually asked to see bank statements and always got excuse after excuse. "She even told me once, 'I looked at the balance and thought there was more than that.'"

Investigators say Lewis had embezzled $9,805.42 between April 2010 and January 2011, the Douglas County Sentinel reported, which she used on purchases at Walmart, Sam's Club, a Christian bookstore and senior dating website "Senior People Meet."

"She had a PayPal account hooked to the debit card and was just making her own personal purchases off of the troop account," Douglasville Police Sgt. Todd Garner told WSBTV.

Lewis has been charged with felony theft, and is now out of jail on $9,800 bond.



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