A volunteer bookkeeper accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Girl Scouts of America faced a judge on Monday, pleading not guilty to felony charges.
Janet Daily, 36, was charged with two felony grand theft counts by an employee. The Rancho Santa Fe resident was arrested Nov. 22 in connection with the case.
She is accused of embezzling more than $9,000.
The wife and mother of two young girls was a Girl Scouts volunteer for the past seven years, said Detective Bill Barrett.
"She was in charge of accounts for 44 troops in the Solana Beach and Rancho Sante Fe areas,” he said.
Investigators said when Girl Scouts officials found out Daily and her family were moving out of state, they checked her accounts and discovered money was missing. Detectives said they went to her home.
"She did have $1,000 cash in her wallet and she indicated she was leaving for Iowa the next day," Barrett said.
Investigators said Daily admitted to them that she had taken the money over the past year and a half because her family had been struggling financially. They also said Daily's family in Iowa paid the money back to the Girl Scouts.
Daily is free on $30,000 bail. She's due back in court on February 9 for a preliminary hearing.