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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A woman who allegedly embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the American Cancer Society made her first appearance in front of a judge Tuesday morning.

Last week the Pender County Sheriff’s Office accused Wendy Perdue of stealing $68,000 from the charity after detectives say she opened an unauthorized bank account under the Relay for Life name.

Perdue’s case was continued until November 13.

After her appearance, Perdue refused to comment on the 10 counts of embezzlement the Sheriff’s Office has charged her with.

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  • Anonymous

    I do beleive that Anna actually thought that it was me who posted your comment.I am so glad that you set her straight. 1 – for showing her that she was wrong in ASSUMING that it was me and 2 – for telling her how WRONG it is to wish Karma on someone, especially who’s sister died from cancer. I agree with you 100%. GO GET EM GIRL !!!!!!

  • felipay

    A thief is a thief all she needed was a pistol..no better than the thugs robbing people in the streets. Behind bars she should goooo!!!!

  • Party Girl

    You must be a ASC staff employee please please tell us more. I bet your HR Department would love to know that you are putting this kind of information on the new media website. Maybe someone should call and talk with them about it. I would also like to put out to everyone reading this trash that one of the ASC employees from her travel miles that should not be for self use (not Wendy) funded her honeymoon from Raleigh to Paris airline tickets and her hotel room. Wow what is really going on with your ASC $$$$????

  • Bless Her Heart

    Why was Anna’s comments on telling me who she knows who I am and karma got me by my sister dying? I don’t have a sister… so Anna should have done more research. You think she rethought telling someone their loved one died from karma was a bad idea??? Hope Anna doesn’t work for ACS, because they are in the business of SAVING lives right???

  • nofaithnlaw

    If that is her attorney I recognize….She has a good one!

  • Bless Her Heart

    First, speaking to those who are upset with the news that is reporting the NEWS…this is a BIG LOCAL NEWS subject for a LOCAL NEWS STATION (WWAY) in a community that has raised HUGE amounts of money under the leadership of this particular individual. You didn’t mind making the news then? Maybe the reporter could have gone about it a different way, but it is still big news. WWAY donated tons of air time to promote your Relay’s! So many people work so hard to raise funds and to see this (not the first time with National Organizations)happen is pure heart breaking. The only ones upset about the NEWS are the ones who are trying to MEET THEIR GOAL for ACS/Relay For Life. We get it, but there is a bigger picture for the organization as a whole. Goals are one thing, but stealing from survivors and loved ones is another. And it’s not the first time this organization has had this problem. Steal a dollar or steal $68,000…it is the same. Volunteers have no idea what goes on behind the scenes sadly with some people, apparently neither does the organization(10 years too late). So many organizations for cancer may have the right mission, but sometimes their goal minded and salary paying ways get in the way of the initial focus. I can tell you first hand, this particular person spoke horrible of staff, volunteers and even survivors. I am sickened and deeply saddened for all those who were hurt in the path of this behavior so many tried to warn ACS about for years with this particular individual. I am also saddened that ACS lost so many great individuals that were honest, caring, loyal and hardworking for the right reason…because of this individual. Bless Her Heart.

  • BHH Echo

    “Bless Her Heart” I want to echo a few things that you have already said….that this is truly a BIG LOCAL NEWS story and one that has the potential to not only do much damage locally, but far sweeping on a state and national level. Whether it be $1 or $68,000 (all that they caught her taking from an illegal account that she had opened up…..naughty naughty…..she knew far better)……it nonetheless is a travesty against an organization that has done great work and has helped millions of people and families who have been struck down by this dreaded disease. The American Cancer Society(ACS) is not a bad organization…..but rather a horrible judge of character! As you so well stated, so many had tried to warn ACS about her rabid behavior towards fellow staff, lower/mid/upper management, volunteers, and cancer survivors, yes I said cancer survivors. They chose, for whatever reason, to consistently turn their heads and allow it to continue. So NOW, as Paul Harvey would say….”We know the rest of the story!” I don’t feel sorry for the organization, but I do feel so brokenhearted for all of the volunteers, cancer survivors, and their families…..individuals who so willingly gave of their time, talents, and treasurers over the many years that Wendy Perdue has had a choke hold on SENC. The resulting damage, as I said initially, will be far greater here than any other part of the state of NC or on a national level. ACS might as well pack up shop and move on, because it will be a cold day in you know where before many of those who have been so committed and so giving will give to an organization that would allow any one person to have the control as she has had on so very much! This is the price you will pay for having turned your head one time too many. AND before any one reading this thinks that I don’t know what I am talking about……and feel that she is innocent until proven guilty I want to assure you I do know first hand what I am talking about because I have been part of several of the groups I mentioned above AND no one needs to prove to me that she is guilty for she is guilty as sin. I know how calculating she could be and cutthroat, but will admit…..I never thought that she would stoop to this level of behavior. Guess I should not have been surprised because I often said she would “sell her own mama down the river for her own gain.” Now we know that she sold countless cancer patients down the river as well. Wendy Perdue if you are reading this I want you to know that I can go to bed at night and put my head down on my pillow and sleep …… knowing I did all I could to alert those whom I needed to alert. I’m not sure those above me knowing what they knew and knowing what so many of us knew could then and now do the same. You all now will have to live out the rest of your lives coming to grips with it. And just a piece of advice to those of you who feel you “KNOW” her and feel that she would never do anything like this……think again, she could, she would, and she did! I pray for you all.

  • John Dye

    I would imagine that the reason that she hasn’t proved her case is because she has attorney doing that for her. It takes time to gather information. It’s in the courts hands. I am sure if you were “accused” would you say anything. Would you leave it up to someone to defend you. I would! You can bet that she knew this was coming and her defense has been working. I would not assume anything else other than that. To the person that worked for ACS, wow you have a lot to share. I can only think what is happening in a non profit. I will only work for profit.

  • Party Girl

    “The American Cancer Society is more interested in accumulating wealth than saving lives.” – Chronicles of Philanthropy, 1992

    Dr. Whitaker, of the Whitaker Wellness Institute, believes that people giving money to these agencies are actually “perpetuating the failure” to finding a cure. It states in the ACS bylaws that if they ever found a cure for cancer they would have to disband as an organization. In 2008, the annual salary of John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society was $1,045,887. It’s mind blowing to imagine what that number is today. It is impossible for me to see an incentive for them to stop that kind of cashflow.

  • QTPI

    It speaks volumes that when l first heard that an arrest was made l immediatly thought of Wendy Perdue and told my husband so. I have known her for about 12 years and have always found her to be a very cold and condescending person and often wondered how she kept her position as long as she did. Was there a checks and balances system in place. Was this an isolated incident. Who does their book keeping. Someone dropped the ball. I will be watching the outcome of this trial as will many others. It could very well affect the future donations to ACS Relay. Prove to us that no others have found it easy to do this. Prove to us how much money is actually ending up funding what it is intended for.

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