Woman sentenced for having son dress up as Scout

This one really pisses me off!

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A former Bethlehem woman will serve up to 23 months in prison for having her 7-year-old son dress as a Cub Scout to collect money for a nonexistent cause.

Sally Ann Gombocz, 51, told a Northampton County judge she wanted to apologize to anyone she hurt. She previously pleaded guilty to theft by deception and corruption of a minor.

Gombocz had her son dress as a scout in 2003 and tell people he was raising money for a camping trip. A prosecutor says the family collected $69.

Gombocz was sentenced Friday to six to 23 months in the county jail. She also was fined $2,000, ordered to perform community service, take parenting classes, have psychological counseling and submit to random urine screens. She also must pay restitution.


There is a lot of good that comes out of the scouting experience. This person just adds that hint of doubt that the scouts coming to their door to sell popcorn or Christmas wreaths are just going to take the money and run. Luckily, she got what was coming to her.

I really hope that $69 bucks was worth it.

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