Former Cancer Society worker pleads to embezzling

BURGAW, N.C. (AP) — A former American Cancer Society worker will spend the holidays in jail after pleading guilty in Pender County to embezzling nearly $70,000 from the society.

Wendy Anderson Perdue of Hampstead was arrested in October and entered the plea to three counts Wednesday.

A prosecutor said Perdue opened a checking account last year under the name of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The prosecutor said she withdrew money for such things as trips, getting her hair done and getting plastic surgery. Perdue has since repaid the money, using money from relatives.

A judge sentenced her Wednesday to 25 days in jail followed by three years of probation. In return for the plea, authorities dropped seven other embezzlement counts. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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