A certified public accountant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that she embezzled more than $93,000 from two Girl Scouts troops, a Girl Scouts service unit and a local cancer center.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kevin Stennis increased Patricia Cascione’s bail from $20,000 to $50,000. The 52-year-old Santa Clarita woman was expected to post the increased bond amount.
Cascione 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, prosecutors said.
She’s accused of using nearly $59,000 from the Girl Scouts’ accounts for her personal use between March 2013 and February 2017, and diverting $34,500 in donations for the cancer center to one of her Girl Scouts accounts, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Cascione, who was arrested Sept. 17 by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and was released from custody later that day, faces up to three years and eight months behind bars if convicted as charged.
She is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Nov. 13, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require her to stand trial.