Girl Scouts and a cancer organization were targets of alleged embezzling of thousands of dollars by a California woman, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, according to reports.
Patricia Cascione, 52, was arrested Monday on suspicion of taking $58,000 from from several Girl Scout groups along with more than $30,000 from the Beverly Hills Cancer Center, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Cascione reportedly served as a volunteer treasure for various Girl Scouts groups and was CFO of the cancer center.
Cascione was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and released on $20,000 bail, the Times said.
Detectives served a search warrant at Cascione's home, CBS Los Angeles reported.
Girl Scout officials notified authorities when they became suspicious that money was being stolen from them. Cascione's arrest comes after a 15-month investigation, the station noted.
The alleged embezzling is believed to have happened within the past five years. Cascione reportedly volunteered in fundraising efforts for various other organizations in the area, and authorities are on the lookout for other possible victims.
Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles issued a statement saying the organization will continue cooperating with law enforcement and "has very high standards and expectations of our volunteers and consider honesty one of the hallmarks of Girl Scouts -- it is our mission to instill and inspire in girls the courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place," KABC-TV reported.
The cancer center acknowledged that it was a "financial victim" and emphasized that neither patients nor patient care were affected.
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