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American Cancer Society representatives meet with police

Posted July 15, 2009

— American Cancer Society officials were meeting Wednesday with investigators to discuss their claims that two Relay for Life volunteers embezzled money from the organization.

David Mangum and Dianna Scoggins, who have not been charged, are the co-chairpersons of the East Wake Relay for Life, which includes Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.

The organization's regional executive coordinator filed a complaint with the Wendell Police Department accusing Mangum and Scoggins, of 419 Fowlkes St. in Wendell, of fraudulent activity.

“It is certainly disheartening for us,” said Chris Green, of the American Cancer Society.

American Cancer Society representatives meet with police Charity meets with police about possible embezzlement

According to a search warrant, the American Cancer Society uncovered an "elaborate embezzlement scheme," involving Mangum and Scoggins, that had been operating for a "long period of time."

“We know the possibilities are out there. We protect against them, set up systems and insurance against it, but when you do hear it, it’s disappointing,” Green said.

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

Green told police that money was collected by the co-chairs at meetings held at Wendell Baptist Church at 3615 Wendell Blvd. The church, which merely served as a venue, is not connected to the case. The money was supposed to be deposited for the American Cancer Society.

"Some deposits were made late, and some may not have been made at all,” said Sam Foster, a spokesman for the Wendell Police Department.

Investigators searched the Fowlkes Street home looking for evidence on Friday. Police seized a computer, flash drives, bank statements and an American Cancer Society donation box.

“Our donations are $5 and $10 at a time. Communities (are) coming together adding up to millions of dollars raised so they are all important to us especially in these economic times,” Green said.

Green said the two co-chairs served a variety of roles over several years with the group.


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  • ncstate4me Jul 16, 2009

    It's amazing to me how people judge others so quickly. I mean the couple has not been charged with anything and neither have they been on trial. What ever happened to the phrase "innocent until proven guilty?"Nobody has even heard their side of the story.

  • esmm08 Jul 16, 2009

    Unfortunately I have grown up in the town and know David. There is no doubt in my mind he's gulity. All the police have to do is look into his past employment, hes been fired by several places because of theft.

  • tbarham Jul 16, 2009

    Please Please do not allow these people to tarnish the ACS-Relay For Life name in your minds...Please do not let the actions of a few people keep you from making donations. RFL is a wonderful volunteer organization that people work really hard at. The actions of a few do not cover the rest of us who love ACS and lobby hard for people to join up in the fight by raising funds.