Couple charged with embezzling $6,000 from St. Regis Falls Boy Scout troop

State police charged a St. Regis Falls couple with grand larceny on Tuesday for misappropriating over $6,000 from a financial account belonging to their local Boy Scout troop.

Jessica and Jeffery Clark, both 38, had been registered in scouting since 2016 with a son in troop 8002 in St. Regis Falls. They were its committee chair and cubmaster, and both passed criminal background checks to attain their positions.

“Then about two months ago, our council office was notified by another parent that they thought there was something wrong with the pack’s finances,” said Dennis Dugan, the assistant scout executive for the Twin Rivers Council, the Boy Scout district for northeastern New York. “We began an investigation, and then once we saw that it was a much more serious problem than we originally were led to believe, we contacted the police.”

The Clarks have been charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony. If convicted, they could be sentenced to one to seven years in prison. Grand larceny is defined as being theft valued between $3,000 and $50,000.

“Fortunately for us, this was caught very quickly and rapidly,” Dugan said. “We unfortunately see it in other places where funds get embezzled for a long period of time.”

Funds withdrawn from the account between December 2016 and June 2017 included purchases ranging from coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts to a prom dress.

“They treated it like it was their own bank account rather than the bank account of the cub scouts that had raised they money,” Dugan said. “‘Trustworthy’ is the first of the scout laws.”

Parents from the troop have stepped up to fill the leadership positions, and the scouts attended the Camp Bedford Harvest Fun Day Oct. 7. The scouts have raised $4,000 in popcorn this year, and Dugan said they hope for the misappropriated funds to be restored.