A former accountant from Santa Clarita faces embezzlement charges after allegedly stealing funds from the Girl Scouts and a cancer center.
The woman, 52, was a Certified Public Accountant. Her license, which had been under another name, expired in 2016. The woman did not renew her license at that time. She faces two felony charges of embezzlement by a public or private officer. According to investigators, the woman served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Beverly Hills Cancer Center. She also volunteered as the treasurer for two local Girl Scout troops and a local Girl Scout service unit. Authorities say the woman stole at least $93,000 from the organizations involved. They also indicated that she had volunteered with the Girl Scouts for about 20 years.
According to police, the woman used nearly $60,000 of the stolen Girl Scout funds for her personal expenses between 2013 and 2017. She then diverted money from the Cancer Center before taking it for herself.
If convicted on all charges, the woman could spend nearly four years in prison. She was released on a $20,000 bond the day of her arrest. Prosecutors indicated however, that they would seek a higher bail amount.
Santa Clarita embezzlement lawyer
When you face charges of theft from an employer, hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of criminal defense experience. He takes cases in Santa Clarita and throughout Southern California.
Personal financial gain almost exclusively motivates embezzlement. Likewise, while most victims want justice, they also want their money back! An experienced criminal defense attorney can use this to help clients avoid long prison terms and work toward restitution.
When you face charges, don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do, and don’t attempt to defend yourself in court. Your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced lawyer to represent you in court.
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