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Chapel Hill woman charged with stealing from Ohio cancer charity

Posted December 28, 2017 3:49 p.m. EST
Updated December 28, 2017 6:28 p.m. EST

— A Chapel Hill woman was arrested last week and charged in connection with theft from an Ohio cancer charity.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 20 assisted the Athens County, Ohio Prosecutor’s Office by conducting a search of Michelle Lowery-Rowan’s home at 73 Grovewood Lane.

Authorities said Lowery-Rowan, 46, is accused of stealing more than $7,5000 from a a nonprofit organization called “Chix 4 a Cure,” which raises money for Ohio cancer patients and their families. Additionally, she spent more than $7,500 in personal expenses on a credit card issued to the charity.

Lowery-Rowan is accused of using the money for travel, household expenses, concert tickets, and registration for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and creating false bank statements to cover up the spending, according to the Athens County Prosecutor's Office.

Lowery-Rowan, who is a former Ohio resident and treasurer for “Chix 4 a Cure,” was charged with three counts of money laundering, two counts of grand theft, two counts of telecommunications fraud, tampering with records, forgery and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

She was being held under $750,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Chatham County on Jan. 8 before being extradited to Ohio, authorities said.