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Cub Scouts sold popcorn to raise money. A teacher’s aide took their hard-earned cash, cops say

Thousands of dollars have disappeared from a local Cub Scout group, including money boys have raised through popcorn sales and other fundraisers.

The loss to Cub Scout Pack 321 is more than $5,000 but less than $10,000, Police Chief Billy Seal said.

The amount of the loss hasn’t been confirmed, but evidence points to the pack’s interim treasurer, a teacher’s assistant, as the one who took the money, Seal said.

Police arrested Malcom Jamal Gee, 26, of Long Beach on an embezzlement charge Wednesday.

Cub Scouts is a Boy Scout program for children in grades one through five.

Gee worked at Thomas L. Reeves Elementary School, the police chief said.

“He’s not the parent of a child in the pack, but I think he’s a former Boy Scout and wanted to stay involved,” Seal said.

Gee is no longer employed with the Long Beach School District, spokeswoman Leigh Anne Biggs said Thursday.

Gee has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has taught in Long Beach since 2015, according to his LinkedIn account.

He came to Long Beach from the Houston, Texas, area, his LinkedIn account says.

Gee was being held at the Harrison County jail on a $5,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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