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Girl Scout volunteer accused of raiding cookie jar

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Darryl Enriquez
February 11, 2011
— The Madison-based council of the Wisconsin Girl Scouts has filed a lawsuit against a Delavan woman alleging she failed to pay $6,090 for cookies her troop sold to the public in 2009.

Deanna Stirmel, 623 Susie St., was named in the lawsuit filed recently in Walworth County Court by the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council.


Stirmel, who was appointed in April 2009 to serve on the Delavan Park and Recreation Commission, could not be reached for comment Thursday. The lawsuit states she has disputed the debt, but it also alleges she used the money for her own gain.


The Badgerland Council also could not be reached for comment.


The lawsuit states Stirmel was a volunteer Girl Scout troop leader for the 2009 cookie sales campaign. It also says she was the person who collected money from cookie sales.


The council made numerous contacts with Stirmel asking her to send the money, but she has never complied, according to the lawsuit.


The lawsuit does not state how many boxes of cookies were advanced to Stirmel.


If each box cost about $3.50, the troop would have sold about 1,740 boxes to meet that figure.


The lawsuit asks that Stirmel reimburse the council for the cookies, interest on the debt and legal costs.



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