Sunday, February 2, 2014

Former Girl Scout Leader Suspected of Embezzlement

Redlands Police have arrested a Girl Scout Troop leader they suspect used $5,000 of the scout’s money to buy a number of personal items including a computer, officials announced today.

Michelle Marie Villa, former troop leader with the Moreno Valley Girl Scouts, is suspected of embezzlement.

Investigators say she used the troop's debit card to purchase groceries, craft supplies, athletic gear and a computer and printer, between July 2012 and July 2013, according to Redlands Police spokesman Carl Baker.

Staff at the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio headquarters in Redlands reported their suspicions to Redlands Police in December 2013. Detectives served a search warrant at Villa’s home on Jan. 23, and, according to officials, recovered evidence. Villa was arrested the same day but has since has been released on $50,000 bail, officials said.

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