Two women accused of keeping local Girl Scout cookie sales money

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - It's one of the most recognized fundraisers across the country.

Girl Scout Cookies/Cropped Photo: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar / Flickr / CC BY 2.0/ (MGN)

"It's funding and fueling their adventures, their goals, their dreams and their desires," said Katie Maskey, product sales manager at the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

The annual Girl Scout cookie sales brings in thousands of dollars to local troops to fund a number of things including community service projects.

"We have a local troop that put a sunscreen dispenser out at Wildwood and used some of their cookie proceeds on that," Maskey said.

This season, though, two women have been accused of taking advantage of the program and stealing money meant for the organization.

"We have guidelines and procedures in place in how the cookie program works and we have deadlines," Maskey said.

According to the police report, one woman owes $2,077 and the other $1,056. It also states that due dates and payment plan deadlines were ignored.

As a result, the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio have since filed theft charges.

"We do weeks - a couple of months even - of communication so that we can work things out," said Maskey, "Then we get law enforcement involved."

Maskey calls the situation frustrating and is adamant that it doesn't represent the majority. She says the program is always incredibly successful and fosters positive experiences for their members. So, when money comes up missing, the Girl Scouts follow through.

"We don't take these things lightly," Maskey added.

Attempts to reach the woman facing theft charges have been unsuccessful.