Woman Posing as Cookie Salesperson For High School Fund Raiser Charged with Theft

March 27, 2007
Dwayne Page

A 32 year old woman posing as a cookie sales person for the DCHS Cheerleader program has been charged with theft under $500 and driving on a revoked license.

Mary Jo Stanley of Old Blue Springs Road, Smithville may also face a fraud charge for using her food stamp card to buy the cookies from a local grocery store in order to resell them.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says his department received a call Wednesday night from a resident on King Ridge Road, complaining that a woman had come to her house trying to sell cookies as a fundraiser for the DCHS Cheerleader Program to buy uniforms. The resident says she agreed to buy some cookies and got some money from her billfold to pay for them. While the visitor (Stanley) was still in the house, the resident says she received a phone call and turned her back on the woman. After taking the call she turned back around to find that the woman (Stanley) had left the home. When the resident later discovered that some money was missing from her billfold, she called the sheriff's department with a description of the woman and her vehicle.

A county deputy later pulled over Stanley's vehicle on the Old Blue Springs Road and subsequently charged her in the case. Some of the victim' stolen money has also been recovered.

Sheriff Ray says Stanley allegedly went to Smithville Food Store and bought the cookies with her food stamp card, before trying to sell him as a fundraiser. According to Sheriff Ray, the DCHS Cheerleaders are not conducting a cookie fundraiser.

Bond for Stanley is set at $6,000 and she will be in General Sessions Court on the charges March 29th.

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