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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jun 2, 2014

Who could have the audacity to steal from one of America’s most treasured institutions, The Girl Scouts of America? Channing Smack, 51, of Marina Del Rey near Los Angeles has plead guilty to embezzling nearly $370,000 from the cookie peddling group and has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison.

Smack was also ordered to pay the $368,278 in restitution following her guilty plea. Federal prosecutors charged the high ranking property manager for the Girl Scouts with laundering $50,000 of that large sum, which is a federal offense that could carry a sentence of up to 10 years.

For years Smack was responsible for the managing the Girl Scouts 22 properties in the Los Angeles area. Officials with the organization started becoming suspicious off Smack’s actions and hired private investigators to delve into the officials work.

The most damaging evidence leveled against Smack was invoices approved for services provided by a firm name ZB Land Maintenance and Engineering, which is a company registered under Smack’s deceased brother, Zachary Bryan Smack, said prosecutors.

The majority of the checks allocated for ZP were actually deposited into one of two bank accounts under the names of the company and Smacks dead brother.

Video footage from a bank revealed Smack to be depositing and withdrawing to and from the accounts. Prosecutors said that Smack used the funds for personal expenses. This case is just another abuse of power seen by officials in nonprofit organizations.

If you feel that there may be some foul play in a non-profit organization you are a member of speak with one of our experienced attorneys.