DELTONA, Fla. – A woman was arrested Wednesday morning on allegations of stealing nearly $10,000 from a Volusia County Cub Scout pack to pay her bills.
Eloisa "Ellie" C. Hilton, 37, was arrested on felony charges of organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and illegal use of a credit card.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Deltona Cub Scout Pack 340 knew of some of Hilton's alleged thefts before her arrest. In March, at a pack committee meeting, Hilton, a former treasurer for the pack, admitted to other parents that she stole about $2,500 of the pack's funds, deputies said.
The committee arranged for Hilton to repay the money without law enforcement getting involved, the Sheriff's Office said.
Sheriff's investigators learned of the thefts through an anonymous tip a couple of weeks later, however, and by late March the committee decided to pursue charges against Hilton.
A review of the pack's checking account revealed $2,770.43 in unauthorized transactions, including electric, cable and phone bill payments, grocery bills, gas station charges and several nights at a hotel in Tampa.
Another $1,000.66 in funds raised by selling popcorn and discount cards was never deposited into the bank, investigators said.
As they compared the pack's financial records, investigators discovered more missing cash that should have been deposited into the bank, the Sheriff's Office said.
Hilton was given $27,493.09 cash to deposit, but only $21,808.51 made it to the bank.
The thefts totaled $9,455.67.
Hilton was arrested at her home and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail.