FORT WAYNE – A little more than two years ago, the leader of a local Boy Scout troop was puzzled when a business said the troop still owed a few thousand dollars for a fundraiser.
As Scoutmaster Robert Goodwill tried to find out the status of the troop's bank account, he was stonewalled by the treasurer. The treasurer's predecessor still had access to the account, and when Goodwill saw the account details, he knew something was amiss in the books for Boy Scout Troop 27, court records said.
Those discrepancies in the account led to the investigation of the troop's treasurer, 43-year-old Amy L. Thomas, and criminal charges were filed against her Tuesday in Allen Superior Court.
Thomas, from Churubusco, faces one felony charge each of forgery and theft for what investigators said was her role in the theft of $3,027 from the troop in the form of 14 forged checks, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Goodwill was first tipped in 2012 that something was not right with the troop's finances when a business said the troop still owed $3,400 for a popcorn fundraiser that Goodwill thought had been paid, court records said.
He told investigators he tried to get Thomas to share financial information with him about the troop's account but couldn't get the information he wanted.
From there, he went to the previous treasurer, who still had access to the bank account, and the two found several checks written and signed with the previous treasurer's name, court records said.
When investigators confronted the previous treasurer with checks with her name on them, she said her name was forged and used without permission. Police learned that her involvement with the bank account ended when Thomas took over in March 2012, court records said.
The thefts and forgeries occurred from September 2012 to November 2013, according to the affidavit.
Thomas was arrested and released on her own recognizance Tuesday. Court records did not say whether she was still affiliated with the Boy Scouts.