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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former American Cancer Society worker is spending her first night in jail after admitting she stole nearly $70,000 from the charity.

Prosecutors call Wendy Anderson Perdue’s crime one of opportunity. They also said it is “unforgivable.”

Perdue will spend the holidays behind bars. A judge sentenced her to 25 days in jail before going on supervised probation.

Perdue pleaded guilty to three of 10 charges that she stole $68,033.21 from the American Cancer Society. As part of her plea agreement, the state dropped several charges against Perdue.

Prosecutors say Perdue opened a fraudulent personal checking account in the name of the American Cancer Society. The 42-year-old admitted spending $8,100 at Wilmington Plastic Surgery, withdrawing cash and taking extravagant trips to places like Disney over a period of 10 months.

After delivering her sentence, Judge Russel Davis told perdue she’ll have to “deal with shame and remorse.” He wished her luck before she left for jail.

During today’s hearing, the judge pointed out that Perdue turned to relatives to raise the money to pay back what she stole from the American Cancer Society.

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  • RN

    Just caught briefly a story of a man who embezzeled approx. $50,000 from the Boy Scouts of America and he got 10 years.???

  • Guest2020

    I could be wrong, but I think the Jimmy V Foundation is a good one to give to. Also, St. Judes is a good organization to give to.

  • SD

    There are plenty of other organizations to donate to besides the ACS. ACS does not have the cancer patient’s best interest at heart. I am a cancer survivor (2 times) who won’t give a penny to ACS because of who they really support – themselves. There are cancer centers at many hospitals who work directly with cancer patients and see the needs first hand on a local basis. Your money will be better spent at these centers or with other organizations who really do care. Check out other places in your communities before you give ACS a dime. I am a former long-time employee of ACS, I retired a few years ago. Take my word for it, ACS is the wrong place to donate your money.

  • QTPI

    As the care giver of a loved one with cancer l go to bed each night and thank God for this day. I wake up every morning and ask Him for one more day. My love has had 4 extra years, 1460 extra days, 35,040 extra hours, 2,102,400 extra minutes of precious time with us by the grace of God, Duke Hospital and the research advancements in cancer treatment. Nine years ago at diagnosis there was no solid treatment for his kind of cancer. There is now. This case has put a bad taste in every ones mouth and will undoubtedly cause donations to decrease. I guess what l want to say is please keep donating. Plvisvisease keep giving these families the gift of time, time to make memories. Dont let this incident harden your hearts to this need. It is a shame that the courts could not have made her pay treble damages as a concequence of her behavior. May God have mercy on her soul.

  • wilm tax payer

    the best place is keep your money in your pocket

  • Guest2020

    I thought that Ben David was supposed to be tough on crime. These plea deals are a joke.

  • guestPopeArt

    This is what happens when “Greed is GOOD” is put into practice. It’s all about ME! To hell with the “little people”!

    Reaganomics, baby! Let’s get her a well- paid government job with state government, Gov. McCrory!

  • Lise’S

    Steal $70,000, Judge Russel Davis sets jail for 25 days. Am I missing something here??

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