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Cops: Volunteer Stole $88K From Girl Scouts, Cancer Center

Patricia Cascione was a volunteer treasurer for the scouts
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2018 5:13 PM CDT
Patricia Cascione   (LA County Sheriff's Department)

(Newser) – Authorities on Wednesday said they arrested a California woman for allegedly embezzling more than $88,000 from two non-profit organizations. Patricia Cascione was arrested Monday at her Santa Clarita home, CBS reports, in the culmination of a 15-month investigation that began when the Girl Scouts approached the LA County Sheriff's Department about missing funds. Cascione allegedly stole $58,000 from the organization over five years in her capacity as a volunteer treasurer. During the investigation, authorities found that the 52-year-old also allegedly embezzled more than $30,000 from the Beverly Hills Cancer Center while working as that organization's CFO.

Cascione, who had volunteered with the Girl Scouts for 20 years, was reportedly released on $20,000 bail. She has been a fundraiser for many other local groups, including a high school girl's soccer team and a GoFundMe effort for the family of a boy struck and killed by a car, and authorities are now in investigating whether there are any other possible victims, KHTS reports. With no outward indication that Cascione was living a lavish lifestyle, authorities believe she was having financial problems, per the Los Angeles Times. (Read more California stories.)

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