Monday, August 19, 2013

Embezzlement charges after money goes missing from Boy Scout Troop in Wisconsin

A woman has been charged with embezzlement after allegedly stealing money from a local boy scout troop.

In January, the local troop's treasurer had asked for bank statements from Kathleen Potega, who had access to the accounts, because parents were asking about the troop's financial status. The treasurer found the account was overdrawn and numerous charges that she believed to be unauthorized, to places like Walmart and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Potega returned to the bank the day after she was questioned by the treasurer to dispute the charges, but the bank manager said Potega was "all over the place." A detective assigned to the case found still images of Potega making the purchases and she ultimately admitted to the crime.

According to the criminal complaint, Potega made 18 withdrawals from the ATM between July 2011 and Dec. 2012, worth $3,713. She also made 29 unauthorized purchases between July 2011 and Dec. 2012, worth $2,456.

Potega has been charged with Theft - Embezzlement and Fraud Against a Financial Institution. If convicted of both crimes, she could face up to 12 years in prison.

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