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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A former employee with the American Cancer
Society has been arrested on charges of embezzling money from the
According to the Pender County Sheriff's Office, Wendy Perdue, from
Hampstead, opened a personal account in Nov. of 2012 under the American
Cancer Society's Relay for Life name, which the ACS never authorized.
Authorities say Perdue withdrew money from the ACS checking
accounting for personal use, totaling $68,000. She is also accused of
making donation deposits and withdrawals into and out of that account.
According to the Pender County Sheriff's Office, Perdue wrote checks
to herself for both $15,000 and $5,000 from the account. She also
reportedly wrote a check for $8,120 for Wilmington Plastic Surgery from
Deputies say debit transactions from the account went to a Disney
Resort, Radio City Music Hall, the House of Blues, a tanning salon, a
nail salon among numerous other charges.
"We are embarrassed and devastated," said Wanda Bass, publicity chair
for Relay for Life of New Hanover County. "We work so hard to raise
money to find a cure and to provide services for our cancer survivors.
As volunteers, our commitment and dedication remains strong. We hope
this does not have a negative impact on our ability to provide these
Perdue has been arrested under a $60,000 secured bond. She is being charged with 10 counts of embezzlement from the ACS.
Her first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Jennifer MacNeish, the event chair for the 2013 Relay for Life in New
Hanover County released the following statement in regards to the
charges against Perdue:
This deeply saddens
us that donor dollars have been stolen. These dollars were the direct
result of community donations for cancer survivors and services in our
area. We hope and pray that the actions of Ms. Perdue in no way reflect
on the future of New Hanover County Relay for Life.
WECT spoke with patrons attending a New Hanover County Relay for Life event at Zoe's Kitchen in Mayfaire.
"It breaks my heart that someone would steal from money going to
cancer research," says Tommy McKeough, a restaurant patron. "If I were
to ever commit a serious amount of money, I would be skeptical and
really have to research where these funds are actually going."