Los Angeles man charged in $370,000 Girl Scout money laundering

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Updated: 12/18/2013 9:02 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man suspected of stealing nearly $370,000 from the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles has been charged with money laundering.

The U.S. attorney's office says 51-year-old Channing Smack of Marina del Rey was arrested Tuesday on the federal charge. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

A call to Smack's lawyer seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

Smack managed properties owned by the Girl Scout chapter. Prosecutors contend that over the past 18 months, he wrote checks to a maintenance and engineering company registered to his dead brother. Authorities say the money wound up in bank accounts that Smack accessed.

Smack was fired by the Girl Scouts before his arrest.

The organization says it's shocked and disappointed by the allegations and is cooperating in the investigation.

 

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