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Cancer Society volunteer charged with embezzlement

Posted October 14, 2009

— A volunteer with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing from the charity, police said.

David Brandon Mangum, 29, of 419 Fowlkes St. in Wendell, was charged with three counts of embezzlement and one county of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Mangum was the co-chairman of the East Wake Relay for Life, which includes Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.

The Relay for Life is one of the main annual fundraisers for the Cancer Society. This year the East Wake Relay raised more than $99,000 to help fund cancer research, care and support programs.

Cancer Society officials first raised concerns about missing money in July. According to a search warrant, the organization uncovered an "elaborate embezzlement scheme" that had been operating for a "long period of time."

Chris Green, regional executive coordinator for the Cancer Society, told police that money was collected at meetings held at Wendell Baptist Church. The money was supposed to be deposited for the American Cancer Society, but police said some deposits weren't made.

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  • marlin8077 Oct 16, 11:14 a.m.

    Wow! I am a member of this relay event and have known mr mangum for a few years that he has been involved. What people do not know is he was not the one in charge of counting our money nor do people know our accountant quit and left without any notice and she was in charge of keeping books. Also, our supposed Relay staff member was FIRED weeks before our event bye the American Cancer Society!! But, you don't hear about that part.... mr. mangum was the chair so guess since he was in charge they go after him but this is unreal and the other people should be mentioned instead of junk like this.

  • Carolina Parrothead Oct 14, 7:33 p.m.

    That's just sick.

  • exwife1956 Oct 14, 5:47 p.m.

    That is just as bad as stealing from a church.

  • eastwake98 Oct 14, 5:36 p.m.

    I am very saddened to read this. I participate in Relay for Life, and have for the past three years. My son recieved two really expensive remote control trucks as gifts, and instead of taking one back to the store, he had his aunt print off tickets and both of my children sold them at Relay. It burns me up to think that the money my children helped raise, and that others gave too, was being pocketed by David. I thought better of him. People like him make honest people think twice about giving. I agree with a comment someone else made...and I think after his prison stint, he should be made to care for cancer patients, who are the people he stole from.

  • MileageWarrior Oct 14, 5:28 p.m.

    special place in heck for people like this.

  • Scubagirl Oct 14, 4:40 p.m.

    "one county of attempting to obtain property by false pretense."

    Gotta love mechanical spell check-

  • scarletindurham Oct 14, 4:39 p.m.

    Despicable.

  • Professor Oct 14, 4:23 p.m.

    It really takes a sorry person to have done something like this.

  • Professor Oct 14, 4:13 p.m.

    This man do not know what shame is!

  • WRALblows Oct 14, 4:10 p.m.

    "People the modern day criminals don't have horns and ugly faces!"

    Well, this one did.

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