Woman Charged With Embezzling From Boy Scout Troop

More than $8,000 was embezzled by Troop 1 of Coventry's Treasurer, Katherine Valenti.


On May 29, 2013 the Coventry Police Department took a report of a possible embezzlement from Coventry Boy Scout Troop #1 which operates out of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Coventry.

According to Coventry Police Lt. John Shields, Committee Chairman J. Rockne Starks recently realized that the balance of Troop 1’s checking account was unusually low. Starks requested a printout of transactions over the past year and determined that Treasurer Katherine Valenti had written nine checks out to cash and then cashed them herself. The checks totaled just over $8,000. 

Valenti, 54, of 34 New London Ave., West Warwick, had already paid back some of the embezzled money before her crime was detected. 

Valenti was arrested by Coventry police on May 30 charged with nine counts of embezzlement. She was issued a District Court summons with a court date of June 12, 2013.   

Interested June 11, 2013 at 01:38 AM
There is no mention of "I'll give it back" in the statute you reference. When money is returned (especially after an admission of guilt), charges are dropped. I'm sorry that that leaves you "unfulfilled" and/or "angry", but that's simply the way it is. Again, my interest is in the kids. If I had the income to make a donation to them so they can have their trip in July, I would. Unfortunately I don't! I just want their money returned and if that means "no crime, no foul", so be it. I'm sure there's been a very important lesson learned by all adult parties involved. I think the lesson is obvious for the guilty party. As for the other adults involved, the lesson is; never, ever entrust an organizations funding accounts to a single individual. All money going in and out of an organization should require at least 2 signatures for approval. I sincerely hope THAT lesson has been learned!
Leave RI June 11, 2013 at 01:42 AM
"There is no mention of "I'll give it back" in the statute you reference." That's my point. She will end up with a record be it felony or otherwise..everyone pays for a bad decision..they're not exclusive to crime.
Leave RI June 11, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Easter chicks and jelly beans! They rock.
Leave RI June 11, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Andrew J. Hammond June 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM
To interested. I disagree totally with your stance on this. I think a public hanging would serve as an effective deterrent to this sort of atrocity. Crimes against children should be punishable by death. Glad my kids aren't in your class.


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