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Former Girl Scout Leader Suspected of Embezzlement

Redlands Police said they suspect the Moreno Valley woman took several thousand dollars for personal use.

Michelle Marie Villa, former troop leader with the Moreno Valley Girl Scouts, is suspected of embezzlement. Photo courtesy Redlands Police.
Michelle Marie Villa, former troop leader with the Moreno Valley Girl Scouts, is suspected of embezzlement. Photo courtesy Redlands Police.

Redlands Police have arrested a Girl Scout Troop leader they suspect used $5,000 of the scout’s money to buy a number of personal items including a computer, officials announced today.

Michelle Marie Villa, former troop leader with the Moreno Valley Girl Scouts, is suspected of embezzlement.

Investigators say she used the troop's debit card to purchase groceries, craft supplies, athletic gear and a computer and printer, between July 2012 and July 2013, according to Redlands Police spokesman Carl Baker.

Staff at the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio headquarters in Redlands reported their suspicions to Redlands Police in December 2013. Detectives served a search warrant at Villa’s home on Jan. 23, and, according to officials, recovered evidence. Villa was arrested the same day but has since has been released on $50,000 bail, officials said.

Detectives are still investigating the case and ask that anyone with additional information call Detective Corey Hunt at (909) 798-7688 or Redlands Police Dispatch at (909) 798-7681.

Anonymous tips can be provided by texting 274637 using the keyword “REDTIP.” Certain non-emergency crimes may also be reported online using the Redlands Police Department’s CopLogic reporting system.

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