Former PAWS director, arrested for theft, out of jail on $20,000 bondJul 29th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: community
Denise McCoy Manger, former PAWS Director, is currently out of jail on a $20,000 bond after her June 25 arrest for stealing more than $22,000 in cash proceeds for pet adoptions from Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Turned in by the PAWS board when adoption deposits did not match submitted records, the Sheriff’s Office conducted an undercover investigation with marked bills. Those bills were not included in the next deposit.
After her arrest, Manger admitted to stealing adoption money to support her prescription drug addiction, said PPSO.
“It is very disappointing to learn that someone, who PAWS and the community entrusted to help protect sheltered animals, took advantage of a situation just to support a drug addiction,” said Sheriff Greco. “These funds were to help provide
for the humane and loving treatment of stray and homeless animals. Hopefully, Ms. Manger gets the help she needs.”
The Sheriff’s Department and PAWS have only seen the tip of the iceberg on this case, said PPSO, and are working together to determine the actual amount of money that Manger has taken. They suspect that the final total could be well over $40,000.