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Criminal defense: California aide accused of embezzlement

Many children are involved with organizations that ultimately have a significant impact on their childhood. As such, they may opt to give back to that organization as an adult, either through donating their money or their time. Unfortunately, a man in California who was working with a Cub Scout group is now likely considering his criminal defense.

The 26-year-old man worked as a teacher's assistant at an elementary school. Although he did not have a child involved in the Cub Scouts, a police officer connected to the case states that because he was in a similar organization when he was young, he chose to stay involved. The man was reportedly serving as the interim treasurer.

Unfortunately, while the exact amount has not been reported, some sources claim that between $5,000 to $10,000 went missing from the group's account. Some of the money was reportedly raised through fundraisers, including the sale of popcorn. Police say that evidence points to the treasurer, but details regarding the evidence is sparse.

In fact, many of the details regarding the case are unclear, including who else may have had access to the account. In order for the man to be convicted of the charges against him, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt -- a standard that is often difficult to meet. Many people in California facing such charges ask an experienced criminal defense attorney to help guide them through the process and ensure that their rights are protected throughout. The knowledge that someone is fighting on their behalf often provides some defendants with peace of mind. 

Source:, "Cub Scouts sold popcorn to raise money. A teacher's aide took their hard-earned cash, cops say", Robin Fitzgerald, Feb. 15, 2018

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