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Lashanta Magnusson

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LOWELL -- A 35-year-old Tewksbury woman, who is already accused of embezzling more than $5,000 from a special needs organization, rejected a possible plea to a case where she is charged with bouncing a $350 check for a Boy Scout popcorn fundraiser.

In Lowell District Court on Wednesday, Lashanta Magnusson, of 41 Roper Lane, declined to plead guilty to one count of larceny by check over $250, opting instead to go to trial. While prosecutors asked for more bank records in the case, Judge Cesar Archilla set a trial date of April 24, 2014.

Prosecutors allege that Magnusson took $349 her son raised for his Boy Scout troop by selling popcorn and then wrote a check to the Boy Scouts. The check bounced.

Magnusson is the former treasurer of the non-profit Tewksbury-based Friends of Special Education Kids. FOSEK, which was founded in 2009, provides sports leagues for special needs and special education students in Tewksbury and the Merrimack Valley.

Magnusson is charged with embezzlement by an association officer after Tewksbury police allege Magnusson stole $5,125 from FOSEK between 2010 to 2012.

Police allege Magnusson had fallen on hard times and stole small amounts during more than 100 transactions she used to pay her personal expenses, such as a car loan.

She is scheduled for trial in that case on Feb. 19, 2014.

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