Bethune-Cookman Founder's Granddaughter Arrested For Embezzlement

Dr. Evelyn Idell Bethune, the granddaughter of Daytona Beach's Bethune-Cookman University founder Mary McLeod Bethune, stole more than $23,000 from a nonprofit that helps students and spent the money on personal items, according to authorities.

Evelyn Bethune, 66, of Daytona Beach, faces three felony charges, including scheme to defraud and grand theft.

Police say the president of the National League of American Pen Women came to police in February to report an embezzlement that involved Bethune, who was elected treasurer of the Daytona Beach chapter.

The embezzlement began in mid 2016, according to police. 

A total of $23,134.84 was stolen from both the Daytona Beach and national chapters of the NLAPW, police say.

"The NLAPW's Daytona Beach chapter was on the verge of shutting their chapter down due to all their funds being depleted by Evelyn Bethune," an arrest affidavit reports.

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