Accountant charged with stealing from Girl Scouts

OW Staff Writer | 10/12/2018, midnight

A certified public accountant charged with embezzling more than $93,000 from two Girl Scouts troops, a Girl Scouts service unit and a local cancer center was scheduled for arraignment this week on two felony counts.

Patricia Cascione, 52, of Santa Clarita was the chief financial officer of the Beverly Hills Cancer Center and the volunteer treasurer for two local chapters of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America and a Girl Scouts service unit when the alleged crimes occurred, according to prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Cascione allegedly used nearly $59,000 from the Girl Scouts’ accounts for her personal use between March 2013 and February 2017. She is also accused of diverting $34,500 in donations for the cancer center to one of her Girl Scouts accounts, according to prosecutors.

She was arrested Sept. 17 by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, and was released from custody later that day, according to jail records.

Cascione could face up to three years and eight months behind bars if convicted, according to prosecutors.