There are much higher crimes than stealing cash from a charitable organization, but there aren’t many lower ones.
Former Grovetown City Clerk Vicky Capetillo was arrested and released Friday on felony charges that she stole from the Grovetown Lions Club for which she served as treasurer. She is accused of pilfering $13,000 from the club’s 2015 turkey shoot fundraiser and another $7,000 from the event last fall.
She stands innocent until proven guilty – but if true, how low can you go? Stealing from not only big-hearted donors, but from a club that, like its sister civic organizations, does so much for others. Lions Clubs around the world support disaster relief, and other great causes, most notably for the visually impaired – which is a sacred mission inspired by a 1925 address to the organization by none other than Helen Keller.
Anyone who would do such a thing is out of her mind, but in this case perhaps not out of character: Capetillo is also under federal investigation for alleged embezzlement of funds from the Grovetown water utility billing department she oversaw. The case is now the focus of multiple civil actions as well.
If only the Lions Club could help some people see how repugnant it is to steal from communities and charities.