PENDER COUNTY, N.C. — A former American Cancer Society employee was arrested after authorities allege she embezzled more than $68,000 from the non-profit organization.
WECT-TV reported that Wendy Perdue of Hampstead opened a personal account last November under the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life name, which was never authorized.
The suspect is accused of depositing donations to the organization into the account and withdrawing money for personal use.
Perdue was arrested Thursday and charged with 10 counts of embezzlement. Authorities said she was placed in the Pender County Jail in lieu of a $60,000 secured bond.
StarNewsOnline.com reported that the suspect is a former employee for the organization, but it remains uncertain when she started and ended.
Officials with the nonprofit said they are saddened by the incident.
“I think our donors know that this was the action of one individual who chose to act unethically,” said Kari Dahlstrom, a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society in North Carolina, according to the paper. “In no way does it reflect our organization or the hard work our volunteers are doing in the community.”