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Cancer Society volunteer charged with embezzlement

Posted October 14, 2009 2:24 p.m. EDT

— 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.