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Apex man charged with stealing from Boy Scouts

Posted September 1, 2011

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— An Apex man has been charged with stealing about $2,600 from the local offices of the Boy Scouts of America.

James Warren Rupp, 46, of 9037 Holly Springs Road in Apex, surrendered to police Wednesday and was charged with embezzlement. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

Investigators said Rupp was in charge of the popcorn sale money for the Boy Scouts and that he stole some of it between Jan. 1 and July 6.

Rupp is on probation for a 2007 conviction for obtaining property by false pretense. He also was convicted in 2006 on that charge, as well as larceny by employee and writing worthless checks, according to state Department of Correction records.

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  • davidk_at_unc Sep 2, 2011

    "An Apex man has been charged with stealing about $2,600 from the local offices of the Boy Scouts of America."

    If he embezzled from the "local offices" that sounds like he worked at Council, not for a unit or a District, and was more likely to be a paid employee than an adult volunteer. It's also unlikely that he works directly with Scouts. I'm not sure if employees go through the same sort of background checks that the volunteers do. Popcorn money is collected at the local units and some portion of that is sent to Council to "pay the bills", so the units (and the Scouts themselves) probably weren't impacted directly by this theft. Occoneechee Council would have been, thought. While this indirectly affects all Scouts, the impact is spread across a wider area and is probably less severe. Still, WHAT WAS HE THINKING???

  • Screw WrAl Sep 2, 2011

    Times are tough. This is nothing compared to what we will continue to see going forward. Who among you has stolen from your mom lately?

  • keelboyzmom Sep 2, 2011

    WHY DIDNT HE HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK. I AM A SCOUT LEADER AND I HAVE TO FILL OUT A FORM EVERY YEAR FOR ONE.

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 1, 2011

    Sorry for the scouts that had to learn from this.

  • Six String Sep 1, 2011

    Clarification: National asked EVERYONE to register no matter how long their service. They asked for permission to do a background check. If no permission was given, you were asked to resign from the program. This guy should have been caught no matter is he was there thirty years!

  • Six String Sep 1, 2011

    "...After 2007, everyone goes through the mandatory check - even me. Either this dude has been around awhile or someone at a unit screwed up." Telecomtodd

    I'm a COR also and have been in our unit for over 20 years in one position or another and when National instituted the backround check rule, I had to go through it as well. If he was registered with the unit, this should have been caught, which leads me to think that he was not registered -- which is worse yet.

  • Telecomtodd Sep 1, 2011

    I should add that the Council gets involved as they "supervise" all fundraising activities to verify the unit is following basic guidelines. For the $2,600 amount described, this would be money raised by just one small Scouting unit - top selling individual Cub Scouts have sold this much by themselves. Regardless, using popcorn money for your own use is beyond stupid - did he think no one would notice? Wonder if there's an accompanying habit helping along a significant absence of judgement.

  • solarflare40 Sep 1, 2011

    Considering what some scout leaders have done this isn't too bad!

  • workingforthosethatwont Sep 1, 2011

    just be glad he didn't have anything to do with the brownies, it could've been worse.

  • Telecomtodd Sep 1, 2011

    kknight is correct. I'm a chartering organization representative. However, all the chartering org does is approve the unit leaders, provide space, and provide any additional requirements above and beyond the BSA for the unit (I teach this class for the Council). Popcorn sales are done at the unit level, especially at the dollar values. However, the unit is responsible for having all adults fill out applications for all positions, regardless of job. Some may allow committee people (which a Popcorn "Kernel" job would fall under) who don't necessarily work with kids to not fill out applications - and this is how this sort of thing falls through the cracks. Any adult who did fill out an application prior to 2007 would not have been checked unless there were "questions" about their viability. After 2007, everyone goes through the mandatory check - even me. Either this dude has been around awhile or someone at a unit screwed up.

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