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


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.”

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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.