A West Covina woman who allegedly embezzled thousands of dollars from three children’s organizations with whom she had volunteered is scheduled to be arraigned next month on nine felony counts.
Veronica Monique Paderez, 37, is due in a West Covina courtroom on May 16 to enter a plea to nine counts of grand theft by embezzlement, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors allege that Paderez embezzled funds from the Parent Teacher Association at Vine Elementary School in West Covina, the West Covina American Little League and the Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles from 2013 to 2015.
Police — who were contacted by the Vine Elementary School PTA — said in February following Paderez’s arrest that she had been involved with the PTA since 2014, had served as treasurer and secretary of the organization and had access to the PTA’s accounts.
A preliminary audit revealed losses of more than $52,000 from alleged fraudulent transactions, according to police.
Police said an investigation determined that she was involved in the finances and bank accounts of the West Covina American Little League, which lost more than $26,000, and Girl Scout Troop No. 4754. The amount of the troop’s alleged loss was not available.
— Wire reports