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Mean Man Accused of|Laundering Girl Scout Money

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A man named Channing Smack is accused of laundering $50,000 of $368,000 he allegedly embezzled from the Girl Scouts.

Smack, 51, of Marina Del Rey, was expected in Federal Court this afternoon (Thursday) to face money laundering charges. He was arrested Tuesday.

Smack was a senior property manager for the Girl Scouts. He was arrested after FBI agents interviewed him about the alleged embezzlement, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. The arrest came "one day after he withdrew $64,500 from accounts believed to contain proceeds of the scheme," the U.S. attorney said.

Smack managed 22 Girl Scout properties, and allegedly arranged for invoices to be paid to a company registered in the name of his dead brother. The Girl Scouts issued 23 checks for a total of $368,278 to the dead brother's company, prosecutors said. Bank surveillance photos show a man who looks like Smack withdrawing money from the accounts, according to an affidavit in support of the complaint.

Three bank accounts have been seized. If convicted of money laundering, Smack faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

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