Woman Steals from Girl Scouts For Blackjack Gambling 06.05.2012

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We’ve all heard the saying “like taking candy from a baby” but 54 year old Jolene Hopkins has taken it to a new level. Hopkins has recently been charged with 3 counts of misdemeanor theft and 3 counts of felony theft for allegedly stealing money to fund her blackjack gambling.

Every year, Girl Scouts from across America raise money for their troops and troop activities by selling cookies to their communities. In 2005, a seemingly harmless woman, Hopkins, began volunteering for a Girl Scout troop in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. However, she recently stole $8,214.22 from the troop’s cookie sales to play blackjack at a nearby casino and to pay for a few other things.

One of Hopkins’ tasks was to manage the troops’ bank account which included the money earned from the cookie sales. As it turns out, Hopkins allegedly wrote checks from the account to herself and proceeded to spend the money at the blackjack tables. Hopkins has yet to have her day in court but if convicted could receive a $10,000 fine and up to 5 years in prison. It is doubtful that any judge will take pity on a woman who duped a national organization for children and is responsible for the troop disbanding.

Blackjack players should take away a few things from this story. First, if you must gamble, you should have some disposable income to do it with. Second, if that money is limited and you want your gambling experience to last longer, try an online casino with lower table limits. If you don’t have your own money to gamble with, just don’t gamble!

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