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Fishers woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Girl Scouts

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VanVoorhis was sentenced to 545 days in jail (425 days suspended) and a year of probation. She'll also have to pay $3,000 in restitution to the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (April 1, 2016) – A Fishers woman is charged with stealing from the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

The suspect has been arrested and charged with four counts of theft totaling more than $10,000.

According to court records, the suspect oversaw financial accounts for several local troops.

The alleged thefts were first caught last year leading to criminal charges being filed this week.

The suspect, Heather VanVoorhis, 45, is accused of stealing cash, using checks and Girl Scout credit cards for her own personal use.

A probable cause affidavit claims the suspect stole $6,400 from local Troop 543, another $784 from Troop 427, $1,100 from Troop 3360 and $2,400 from the Manuka Service Unit.

Among other things, VanVoorhis allegedly failed to deposit registration dues, uniform costs and more.

“No matter how this turns out, my client has had her reputation impugned.  I hope the Girl Scouts have done their homework,” said the suspect’s attorney Jon Little.

According to court records, the theft got discovered when the suspect asked to be reimbursed for expenses to attend a CPR class.  Her attorney says they will fight the allegations.

“The Girl Scouts and the state of Indiana are going to have to convince citizens of Hamilton county this happened the way they said it did,” said Little.

Attorney Little also says he’s not convinced all the charges are accurate.

“Some of the allegations are about materials my client purchased for the Girl Scouts at the request of the Girl Scouts and to charge her with theft on that is inaccurate and irresponsible,” said Little.

For their part, a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts sent a statement that read, “We are working with local authorities to reclaim the money that was stolen from the girls we serve. we are also examining our procedures to help prevent this from happening again.”

Prosecutors did not want to talk about the case today.

The suspect was fired from the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana as soon as the allegations came to light last year.

Police arrested VanVoorhis Thursday night at her home in Fishers. She was booked at the Hamilton County Jail on four counts of theft.

Anyone with information about the case should call the Criminal Investigations Division at (317) 776-6371 or email tips@noblesville.in.us.