Most of us have some debt, whether it be student loans, credit card bills, or the lease on the car that you probably can’t afford. But most of us wouldn’t steal to pay off that debt, and we definitely wouldn’t steal from our sisters. Unfortunately, for some Chi Omega alums in Iowa, one of their sisters didn’t feel the same way.
On June 2nd, 50-year-old Andrea Baker, former treasurer of the Ames Chi Omega Alumnae Association in Ames, Iowa, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud for stealing from her own sisters. According to The Des Moines Register, “Baker admitted she received and attempted to receive about $950,000 from the Chi Omega Alumnae Association between 2000 and 2014.” The paper also reports that Baker acknowledged that she wrote checks on the group’s account to pay for her personal credit cards, that she deposited the alumnae chapter’s funds into her own bank account, and that she falsified the chapter’s financial records to cover up her misdeeds.
Okay, I’m totally shocked that one sister would steal from others, but can we talk about the fact that his alumnae chapter has enough money that someone could steal almost a mil? I mean, my alumnae chapter probably has like $300 bucks in its bank account, if even. What the hell are these people paying in dues?!
Anyway, according to justice.gov, Baker’s sentencing is set for October 6. As part of her plea agreement, she must pay restitution to the chapter in an amount to be determined by the court at sentencing. She also faces a sentence of up to twenty years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of up to three years of supervised release following her release from prison.
And while there’s no mention of it, I imagine Baker has been expelled (or whatever Chi Omega calls it) from the sorority. Sisters are there to pick you up when you’re down, not pick up the difference in your credit card bills. Big difference, Andrea..