Troop Leader Arrested for Embezzling $5,000 from Girl Scouts

Police say the woman used the troop debit card to buy personal items such as groceries, craft supplies, athletic gear, a computer, and a printer.

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    A 26-year-old Riverside County woman is accused of embezzling more than $5,000 from a local Girl Scout troop, according to Redlands Police.

    Menifee resident Michelle Marie Villa was the troop leader for a Moreno Valley Girl Scout trip. Villa used the troop debit card to buy more than $5,000 worth of personal items such as groceries, craft supplies, athletic gear, a computer, and a printer, according to police.

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    Detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s home last Thursday, and recovered evidence of the embezzlement. Villa was arrested that day and later released on $50,000 bail.

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    Redlands Police is asking anyone with additional information to contact them.
     

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