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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman who had access to money for a cancer charity is now accused of stealing it.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says Wendy Purdue stole thousand of dollars from the American Cancer Society.

According to the Relay for Life of New Hanover County’s Facebook page, the charity is shocked and saddened by this news.

According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office Purdue, who worked for the ACS, opened a bank account last year under the society’s Relay for Life name, but the organization never authorized the account.

Deputies arrested Purdue this morning after they say she embezzled $68,000 over 10 months. Purdue is charged with 10 counts of embezzlement. She is out of jail on $60,000 bond.

In a statement, the American Cancer Society says it has zero tolerance for financial impropriety of any kind and is working closely with law enforcement.

“We will do everything we can to recover any dollars stolen,” the group said. “Services for cancer patients and their families have not and will not be impacted.”

Purdue has not returned a message for comment.

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10 Comments on "Former American Cancer Society worker charged with embezzlement"

fonda rush
2015 years 10 months ago

fools have no compassion. fools believe everything they hear and see to be the truth. fools fill in the blanks using skewed logic. fools have small minds. fools speak first and think later. fools gloat. fools don’t wait. fools react by withdrawing support. fools don’t believe in charity. fools are pathetic and are deserving of my pity.

2015 years 10 months ago

I have been turned down for many jobs because I have a break in employment due to personal reasons and in some cases because of my color. Never had any criminal record and college educated yet no one will hire me in any other capacity other than retail minimum wage . Yes I am looking to do independent contract work for those of you say with a college education i should start my own business . This kind of story shows how some people are chosen. Aim African American over others with credulous assumptions that negatively effect those working and those seeking work. Shame but it is the reality .

2015 years 10 months ago

The sad part is that she did it illegally. There are those in those organizations who are doing the same thing but legally through salaries. Tell me why you need people in these organizations making 6 figure salaries. That is absurd.

2015 years 10 months ago

How disgusting that anyone would steal tens of thousands of dollars from a charitable organization! This woman (if you can call her that) is a selfish thief who thrives by taking advantage of those less fortunate. She needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Lock her up and throw away the key!

nc tax payer
2015 years 10 months ago

there is two organitions i dont trust. churchs and charitys . i dont give my money to them. u can trust them. best place is keep your money im your pockets.

2015 years 10 months ago

This is about the most despicable thing I have ever read. This “person” is the lowest of the low. But, as they say, Karma is a bit*h.

2015 years 10 months ago

“Services for cancer patients and their families have not and will not be impacted.”???

I reckon they have been impacted by about $68000, according to the report. What kind of assinine statement is that?

dan smith
2015 years 10 months ago

best place to keep your money is in your pocket

2015 years 10 months ago

You don’t, and this is why I make one donation a year to one charity, The Salvation Army.

frances rud
2015 years 10 months ago

I agree. I give to the bell ringers at WAL-MART at CHRISTMAS. That’s the only charity that my dad would even think of giving to.


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