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LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
Wednesday September 19th, 2018 :: 11:27 a.m. PDT

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#LASD Suspect Arrested for Embezzling Funds from Girl Scouts of the USA and Beverly Hills Cancer Center

On Monday, September 17, 2018 Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau arrested Mrs. Patricia Cascione at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station for grand theft and theft by false pretense of over $88,000 in funds allegedly stolen from non-profit organizations.  Following her arrest, detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and recovered additional evidence.
 
Over the past twenty years, Mrs. Cascione 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.  Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau detectives became aware of potential fraudulent activity and initiated a criminal investigation.  It is alleged that during the past five years, Ms. Cascione embezzled over $58,000.00 from several Girl Scout Troops and Service Unit bank accounts she had control over.

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 $30,000.00.
 
The search warrant and arrest are the culmination of a 15 month investigation.
 
Mrs. Cascione was also responsible for fund-raising 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 & Cyber Crimes Bureau, Sergeant David Chambers at (661) 471-1534.  A photo of the suspect is being released to the media in an attempt to identify other possible victims.

Forwarded by:
Deputy Marvin Crowder
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
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