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$14K in Girl Scout cookie money reportedly missing

San Antonio troop leader no longer in position

As much as $14,000 has been reported missing from a San Antonio Girl Scout troop's cookie sales.

While the parent organization, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, is investigating, parents are concerned and the troop leader is gone. The money raised by the cookie sales pay for programs and activities.

Valerie Lira, the parent of one of the girls in the troop, said she is mostly in the dark about what is happening.

"I want answers," Lira said. "I'm not getting too many answers. (I'm) kind of shocked and confused because I'm very new to Girl Scouts, me and my daughter."

She and parent Victor Figueroa blame the leader of the troop for the missing money. They say their children sold the cookies and they turned in the money to the leader, who they say was well-liked.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas confirmed this case is under investigation.

In the meantime, parents in this troop say their girls will now be unable to pay for some scouting activities.

"Our girls worked really hard selling these cookies the whole month of February," Lira said. "Parents (were working) as well, waking up early in the morning, setting up booths."

Figueroa said activities have ground to a halt.

"Right now, our troop is suspended," Figueroa said. "We don't have a troop leader so our troop can't do anything as a troop. I want to know what happened and why she did what she did, because I and other parents trusted her."

In an emailed statement, the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas wrote: "An internal audit of program revenues from the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program has revealed discrepancies and omissions in the accounting records submitted by less than one percent of its 7,000 volunteers."

The organization has been in touch with this troop.

"I think they're doing an awesome job right now as far as keeping us informed, emailing us," Lira said.

She told her daughter what's going on. Figueroa did not.

"I just don't want her to know that the person you trust right now, you can't really trust them," Figueroa said.

The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas would not speak directly about this case pending the outcome of their internal investigation.

To read a statement released by the organization, click here (PDF).

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