American Cancer Society representatives meet with police
American Cancer Society officials are meeting with investigators to discuss their claims that two Relay for Life volunteers embezzled money from the organization.
“It is certainly disheartening for us,” said Chris Green, of the American Cancer Society.
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.
“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.