Former American Cancer Society worker gets jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement

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Submitted: Wed, 12/11/2013 - 6:36pm
Updated: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 8:24am

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.


  • Lise'S says:

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

  • guestPopeArt says:

    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!

  • Guest2020 says:

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

  • RN says:

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

  • wilm tax payer says:

    the best place is keep your money in your pocket

  • QTPI says:

    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.

  • SD says:

    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.

  • Guest2020 says:

    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.

  • guesty says:

    Good, but why aren’t you spouting off about how she will be vindicated once it goes to trial? Oops, those darn facts will trip you up every time.

  • TIGERCAT says:

    I,m not speaking for the defendant but dont all of you commenters read before shooting off your lips? She paid the money back already, see the judges comments
    (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.)

  • Guest Vader says:

    You gotta love that judge. “Unforgiveable”, but only 25 days in the slammer. At least, she should be under house arrest until all the stolen money is paid back. This is outrageous.

  • If you listened... says:

    She paid all the money back that day in court. It was a condition of her plea deal that she did so. Thats why she only got the 25 days because they recovered the money for ACS so quickly.

  • John says:

    They are still here. but they are using they really name and not hiding behide a fake name. get a life ….

  • guesty says:

    Where are all her defenders that claimed she didn’t steal anything? They were very mouthy when she was caught.

  • Integrity says:

    I would also like to know where her friends, family, and supporters are that swore “she is innocent and it will all come out in the end when she is proven NOT GUILTY”. I guess they must be hanging their heads in shame and embarrassment knowing that they were not only fooled by her but are also looking like fools!! Maybe she should have not spent that money at Wilmington Plastic Surgery on a tummy tuck as I am sure she will probably lose a few pounds from not wanting to eat that jailhouse food. 25 days is better than nothing but she should have gotten 25 years and been made an example out of to others who may think about doing something as low as she did!!!! At least she will be spending Christmas in jail, that in itself does bring some comfort to me. :)

  • Guest2020 says:

    Her paying restitution is a condition of her probation. If she willfully withholds payment then she can be taken back into custody. The most they normally give for someone to pay something like this is five years, although they can extend it, depending on the circumstances.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    it is an active jail term. No indication when she must pay the money back or what happens should she not.

    The sad commentary is that 25 days probably exceeds the active jail term many of the gang bangers and shooters ultimately receive.

  • Huber Hanes says:

    Unfortuniatly — the facts are that this woman would have never payed back 1 Red Cent of the $70,000 she embezzled — only to serve herself. She is sorry now — only because she got caught and exposed. You can bet all that’s Holy to you that there was some: ‘serious politicking ‘ going on . Until we take the profits out of their ‘system of justice’ — there will be no justice as we know it to be ! Its gotta stop somewhere folks !

  • cora says:

    Hopefully someone in jail will give her a slap!!

  • rob hall says:

    That s this great system at work. Did he give her a slap on her ass to go with the good luck also

  • Haha Integrity says:

    Mr. or Ms. Integrity, A “supporter” is someone who will stand by another in times of need, be it a family member, friend, or whoever. For you to call someone a fool for standing by a friend or family member is idiotic, to say the least, in itself. I hope, for your sake, that your child or husband and/or wife never commits a crime, especially one as lowly as this. I can only imagine that a fool such as yourself would stand next to them as they experience the media frenzy and wolves of this world. If you wouldn’t, then you are a failed human being. I’m not trying to say Wendy is innocent or take anything away from the awfulness that she, and I’m sure others, had a hand in. And I know saying anything on a media outlet such as this one or on the Today show will not change a person’s way of thinking. Because we, as a species, are so dumb and bask only in the glory of what we think we’ve created. But before you go calling someone a fool for standing beside a friend or family member (whether innocent or guilty), go take a look in the mirror and ask yourself what you want to accomplish today. I can tell you what you’ve accomplished today, but surely you already have everything to show for it.

  • sd says:

    Oh shut up with your ramblings….she’s a criminal and probably has been one before now.

  • Guest2929 says:

    Throw away the key.

  • Mike Dolan says:

    How does a person like this sleep at night. They have to know they are going to be caught. It also sets back the legitimate fund raising efforts.

  • MG says:

    This is another example of a decline in society. Too many people now live by the motto that it is not about doing something wrong that bothers them, it’s about getting caught.

    I’ve said frequently that I feel as if I’m drowning in a rising tide of arrogance.

  • Leah says:

    Good luck finding another job

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