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.   

mad hatter June 07, 2013 at 11:33 PM
what a POS. can you stoop any lower?
Leave RI June 08, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Stealing Girl Scout Cookies?
Interested June 08, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Apparently you can. You can call someone a POS based on an allegation without first learning circumstances and/or misunderstandings. An allegation is NOT a conviction. If charges end up being dropped, which usually happens in these cases, you've made a statement/assumption that makes you look like a POS. Careful how you comment!
mad hatter June 08, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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. wrote checks to herself and had already paid some of it back. unauthorized checks to cash.... that is embezzlement and yes, she is a POS.
Interested June 08, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Apparently she's not the only one.
Shannon Pierce June 08, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Not only is this story correct...but she admitted it. So it's not allegations...it's the truth. I know because my son is part of the troop. We saw the proof, our kids lost all the money saved for their week long trip in July. So I'm glad she was arrested. She deserves it for stealing money that these kids worked so hard to earn.
William J Mannow June 08, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Was she the treasure for the CCFD by any chance? Just wondering.
TINA June 08, 2013 at 07:46 PM
If you read their contract, health insurance, $10.00 a week, reimbursed all deductibles, they are thieves !!!!!
Interested June 09, 2013 at 03:18 AM
The fact that she admitted it means her intentions, though misguided, were good. I would assume she also has a kid(s) in the troop (otherwise, why would she have been involved in the first place). Your hostilities toward someone in need are a bad reflection on your troop, her son(s), and most importantly, your son.
Leave RI June 09, 2013 at 03:42 AM
stealing in the "need" means?........have at it
Interested June 09, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Must we always be so hostile toward others? People do inappropriate things with money out of need or greed. This was not an act of greed otherwise there wouldn't have been an attempt to return the money (pay it back). This sounds like an act of need. As I stated, it was definitely misguided but it doesn't sound like stealing to me. It sounds like someone down on their luck and simply didn't know where else to turn. I CHOOSE to look for the good in people. That's why I lead a happy and fulfilling life. Those who CHOOSE to always assume someone is bad, I feel sorry for. One more thing. One would have to assume that the intentions were good because, according to the article, the checks were written to cash. That means she never made any attempt to "cover up" her activity. Sounds like a case of financial hardship followed by "I'll take it from here for now and pay it back as I get it". We all know someone who has "robbed Peter to pay Paul". You yourself have probably engaged in such an activity. If you have, I understand. As I said, I CHOOSE to look for the good in others.
sdb June 09, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Looking for the good in others is commendable, however, you know what they say about things that look like duck, quack like a duck, and have feathers.....it's a duck. Regardless of financial hardship, stealing is stealing. Stop making excuses for bad behavior.
Leave RI June 09, 2013 at 07:21 PM
sdb is correct. Stealing in the act of "need" is...is stealing. It's just an excuse not a justification.
Interested June 10, 2013 at 03:50 AM
It's only stealing if it's not returned. Does anyone know if it's been returned? Or if there's a plan for it to be returned? If not, I guess we'll have to wait and see. I know that if it is returned through the court system, the troop will not see the money for a long, long time. The best scenario for the troop would be to verify the full return of the money and drop the charges. Then and only then would the money truly be back in the "hands" of the troop (and all before it's needed in July Ms. Pierce). Sounds like the troop leader (is that what he/she is called?) has an important decision to make.
mad hatter June 10, 2013 at 01:40 PM
WHAT?!?! sounds like you are involved in this. "It's only stealing if it's not returned." fine, im going to take your car and everything in your savings account and will return it within 5 years. see, i have a plan so its not really stealing......
Leave RI June 10, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Here it is "Interested"...the "I'll give it back" isn't a defense.. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/title11/11-41/11-41-3.HTM
Cadre June 11, 2013 at 01:24 AM
“We are the angry mob. We read the papers everyday. We like who we like, we hate who we hate, but we’re also easily swayed.” -Kaiser Chiefs http://timelord-blogger.tumblr.com/post/51447083540/its-an-angry-mob
Interested June 11, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Unfortunately your hostility mad hatter and Leave RI has warped your mindset. This isn't about the perpetrator. This is about the kids. I want the kids to get their money back - and quick! The court system (if involved beyond the return of the money) will tie this up for a long, long time. It's really that simple. Let go of your anger and feel for the kids (not the troop or the parents as they never should have allowed an individual signature on a troop account to begin with). mad hatter, I am not "involved" in "this" at all. I truly am just "interested" as I am an educator and I feel for the kids and want what's best for them. The court system is definitely NOT what's best for them. Cooler heads will prevail. The money paid back, the charges dropped, and the kids experiencing the time of their lives on their trip in July (as mentioned earlier by Shannon Pierce).
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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
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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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