A Girl Scout troop leader is accused of embezzling nearly $6,000 in profits from a cookie fund. Now, the troop is out of money, which they used for charity work and field trips. Antonio Castelan reports from El Monte for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 1, 2012. (Published Tuesday, May 1, 2012)
A Southern California Girl Scouts leader is accused of taking about $6,000 in profits from a South El Monte/El Monte-based troop's cookie account.
Troop leader Ana Isabel Juarez, 30, of South El Monte, was arrested April 17 on suspicion of felony grand theft.
The alleged crime was related to the unauthorized use of a Girl Scouts debit card, tied to the troop’s cookie account.
“She was using the money for items that troops usually don’t use the money for, like spas and going out to dinner,” said Carol Dedrich of Girl Scouts of Great Los Angeles.
Now, the troop is out of money, which they used for charity work and field trips.
The incident was reported to Arcadia Police because the troop reports to the Girl Scouts service center located there.
Police said Juarez had a warrant out for her arrest in a 2001 embezzlement case in Huntington Park.
Juarez is due in court May 8.
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Published at 11:28 PM PDT on May 1, 2012