LINCOLN, Maine – A Penobscot County grand jury has indicted a Carroll Plantation man on accusations that he embezzled about $8,200 from Boy Scout Troop 50 of Lincoln over a 1½-year period, officials said Friday.
A former treasurer for the troop, Tim Worster, 43, was indicted this week on a single count of felony theft, court officials said.
Police Chief William Lawrence said that Worster had cooperated fully with the investigation.
“He actually walked in and gave himself up to Detective Dave Cram and worked with Dave and to show us” what happened, Lawrence said Thursday.
Lawrence called Worster “a good guy in a bad financial situation” who had made a mistake he regretted.
Attempts to reach Worster were unsuccessful on Friday. A number listed to him has been disconnected.
Police accused Worster of thefts of small amounts of money from the troop’s checking account to pay for everyday expenses, such as gas money, Lawrence said.
Rob Thornton, a leader in the local Boy Scout organization, reported the theft almost five months ago. With Worster’s cooperation, Cram determined that the alleged thefts occurred from January 2011 to August 2012. Cram did a line-item review of the troop’s books as part of his investigation, Lawrence said.
Marshall Steinmann, executive director of the Katahdin Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, has described the alleged thefts as an isolated incident.
“Such behavior runs counter to everything for which the Boys Scouts of America stands. Upon learning of this individual’s alleged behavior, we immediately removed him from Scouting,” Steinmann said in a statement.
“The Katahdin Area Council has guidelines and training that address this type of issue and will continue to work with the chartered organization and unit committee on implementing standards and procedures to help prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future,” Steinmann said.
No court date was set for Worster as of Friday, an official at the Penobscot County Judicial Center said.
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