A former treasurer for the Dunn Junior Woman’s Club and the Triton Juniorettes is accused of embezzling more than $8,700 from the two organizations.
According to the Dunn Police Department, Stacy Ivey Campbell, 40, of Coats, turned herself in to the Harnett County Magistrates Office Tuesday afternoon. She was later released on a $20,000 secured bond, according to court records.
The initial report of misappropriated funds came into the Dunn Police Department on March 12, according to Dunn Police Chief Chuck West. Further investigation revealed that Campbell allegedly took the money from both groups while serving as their treasurer between 2015 and 2019.
A grand jury handed down eight indictments, charging Campbell with eight felony counts of embezzlement.
According to the indictments issued by a Harnett County grand jury, Campbell is accused of eight different suspicious transactions dating back to 2015.
The largest transaction was for just over $1,834 in January 2018, according to the indictments, and involved funds from the Dunn Junior Woman’s Club. In all, she is accused of illegally taking just over $4,600 from the club between 2016 and 2018.
Campbell is also accused of five other transactions involving the Triton Juniorettes, a high school club for girls that falls under the umbrella of the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs-North Carolina — as does the Dunn Junior Woman’s Club. Those transactions totaled almost $4,100, the largest being a sum of over $1,500 allegedly taken in September 2015, according to the indictments.
“During the investigation, multiple search warrants were obtained and executed on Mrs. Campbell’s residence as well as financial institutions,” West told The Daily Record. “The investigation revealed multiple transactions unrelated to organizational functions that resulted in Mrs. Campbell’s personal gain and a commingling of funds.”
In a statement released by the executive board of the Dunn Woman’s Club, the organization says Campbell was not a member of the club and had no access to its financial accounts.
“The Executive Board of the Dunn Woman’s Club would like to express our concern over the recent pending charges against Mrs. Stacy Campbell,” the board said in a written statement to The Daily Record. “She was not a member of our club and in no way had access to the club’s financial accounts. The record should show that she was the treasurer of the Dunn Junior Woman’s Club and was the Dunn Juniorettes adviser.”
The board also explained the relationship of the two organizations to the Dunn Woman’s Club in general.
“There are four woman’s clubs in Dunn, The Woman’s Club of Dunn, the Dunn Intermediate Woman’s Club, The Dunn Juniors and the Triton Juniorettes,” the statement said. “All of these clubs are under the GFWC-NC umbrella, but operate independently.”
The board also said that it supports the efforts of both sister organizations to recoup their losses because of the alleged embezzlement.
“The members of all the clubs are saddened by this situation, but fully support the efforts of the Dunn Juniors and Triton Juniorettes in recouping their lost donations to further build their programs throughout the community,” the statement said.
If convicted of the charges, which are all class H felonies, Campbell could face from four to 25 months on each count.
“At this point in time, they are felony counts and punishment will be determined in accordance with the structured sentencing guidelines,” Harnett County District Attorney Vernon Stewart said.
Campbell, who is currently employed as a sales representative at The Daily Record, declined to comment on the allegations and referred all inquiries to her attorney Jack O’Hale of Smithfield, who was not available for comment.
-The Daily Record