Girl Scouts Treasurer Arrested For cancer Embezzling $88k In Funds, cancer organization.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s detectives arrested a woman Monday for grand theft and theft by false pretense of over $88,000 in funds allegedly stolen from nonprofit organizations.
Although LASD Cyber Crimes Bureau detectives have confirmed that their current case only involves the two victims — Girls Scouts of the USA Troops and the Beverly Hills Cancer Center — Sgt. David Chambers has said that she was involved in a number of “youth activities” here in Santa Clarita.
Cascione’s name was listed as the Saugus High School girls’ soccer team “Fundraiser.” KHTS also learned that Cascione was in charge of the GoFundMe Page for Wyatt Savaikie — a 14-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a vehicle in 2015 in Saugus.
That GoFundMe page raised $15,225 for Savaikie’s funeral and memorial costs.
ORIGINAL STORY — Over the past 20 years, Patricia Cascione, 52, was entrusted as the treasurer for multiple Girl Scouts of the USA Troops in addition to a local Girl Scouts Service Unit in Santa Clarita, according to Sheriff’s officials.
Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau detectives became aware of potential fraudulent activity and initiated a criminal investigation.
Following her arrest, which was the conclusion of a 15-month investigation, detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and recovered additional evidence, according to authorities.
Cascione allegedly embezzled over $58,000 during the past five years from several Girl Scout Troops and Service Unit bank accounts she had control over, according to detectives.
“During the investigation, detectives also determined Mrs. Cascione, while CFO of the Beverly Hills Cancer Center, and was alleged to have committed theft by false pretense of over $30,000,” said LASD officials.
Cascione was also responsible for fundraising for numerous other organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Investigators believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with questions or information to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau, Sergeant David Chambers at (661) 471-1534.