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7:15am — Woman Accused of Stealing Girl Scout Cookie Money

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 34-year-old Carlsbad resident pleads not guilty to embezzling more than $2,000 from sales.

A Carlsbad woman pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Wednesday to felony charges stemming from her alleged embezzlement of more than $2,200 from local Girl Scout cookie sales last year, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.

Emma Fugate, 34, is charged with one count of embezzlement under $500 and one count of embezzlement of more than $500 but under $2,500, the Current-Argus said.

According to a criminal complaint, officials with the Girl Scouts Zia Council notified Carlsbad police investigators on April 9 that $2,263 was missing from their bank account and that an identical amount had been deposited in Fugate’s personal account, the paper reported.

When questioned by investigators, Fugate initially denied any knowledge of the transactions, but a search warrant turned up copies of her records which confirmed the dates and times of two deposits matching the amounts missing from Girl Scout funds, the complaint said.


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Fugate then alleged admitted taking the money, claiming financial problems at home prompted her to take the money, according to the complaint.

But Fugate entered a not-guilty plea to the charges at an arraignment held Wednesday before Magistrate Judge Henry Castaneda, who ordered her held on a $5,000 bond, the paper reported.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 19, according to the Current-Argus.