Woman Convicted of Identity Theft, Fraud for Using Girl Scout Troop Debit Card

Shelly GauglerShelly Gaugler (Submitted Image)

WEST CHESTER, PA — On Friday, a jury found 45-year-old Shelly Gaugler of Royersford guilty of using a local Girl Scout Troop debit card in 2019 to charge $525 to a law firm in Pottstown, announced Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan. She was convicted of access device fraud and identity theft and will be sentenced later.

According to statements made in open court, on October 25, 2019, Tredyffrin Township Police were notified by the victim when she discovered an unknown charge made to a local Girl Scout Troop debit card for which she was an authorized owner. The subsequent investigation showed that the defendant stole the debit card information when the Girl Scout Troop purchased t-shirts from a store where she worked. Detectives learned that the defendant used the debit card to pay her bankruptcy attorney.

“Stealing from a Girl Scout Troop is unconscionable,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Shelly Gaugler’s actions victimized every little girl in this troop and showed how little she cared about anyone else but herself. I hope the girls learn from this that justice does prevail.”

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan commended the Tredyffrin Township Police Department for the investigation which led to the successful prosecution of Gaugler. ADA William Buckman prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

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