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Former Girl Scouts CEO going to jail for embezzlement

7/7/2014, 3:45 p.m.
Linda Carne is going to jail for three months after embezzling over $22,000 from the Virginia Girl Scouts.
Linda Carne was sentenced to three months for embezzlement.

The former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia was sentenced to three months in jail after she embezzled more than $22,000 from the organization.

Linda Carne, 62, was facing up to 20 years in prison. Judge Patricia Kelly sentenced Carne to five years but suspended all but three months.

“I’m not racist at all but if she was Black she would have gotten 20 years,” Shadawn Elizondo shared on a recent Facebook status. “Wow, three months for stealing $22k,” she concluded.

Carne was immediately taken into custody after the sentencing.

Carne admitted to embezzling $22,979.80 from the Girl Scouts of Virginia. The 12,000 member state organization covers 30 counties and six cities.

Carne was indicted in January for personal expenses she accrued on a credit card issued by the Girl Scout organization. Records show that the card was used for hotels, spa treatments, Amtrak and airline tickets, professional baseball games and meals.

Procedures for credit card use have been tightened since this came to light.

“This is not a happy day for us. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character and this clearly was an issue of character that we could not overlook,” said Girl Scouts’ Board of Director Chair Annette Cousins.

Cousins further explained that losses attributed to Carnes’ distrustful actions will be covered by insurance.

Carne began work with the Girl Scouts of Virginia in April 2010. She was terminated as CEO on Dec. 22, 2011. Former House of Delegates member Viola O. Baskerville, who has a lifelong history with the Girl Scouts, replaced her in January 2012. Baskerville was named permanent CEO in March 2013.

Most who work with the Girl Scouts volunteer their time. Carne, however, was an exception. She was one of the few salaried persons with the Girl Scouts. She was paid over $100,000.