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.

By Samia Khan
|  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014  |  Updated 3:54 AM PDT
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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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The embezzlement occurred between July 2012 and July 2013.

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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