Missouri dog rescue group’s ex-treasurer charged with embezzlement

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The treasurer of a southeast Missouri dog rescue group has been charged with embezzling more than $120,000 from the nonprofit.

The Southeast Missourian reports that police are seeking the public’s help in finding 40-year-old Elizabeth Hann, who is wanted on two counts of felony stealing. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday.

Cape Girardeau police said in a news release that she is accused of embezzling from Mac’s Mission, a state licensed rescue group specializing in animals with special needs.

Mac’s Mission director Rochelle Steffen says the theft was discovered in October. The probable cause statement says Hann made 89 unauthorized withdrawals, totaling about $121,000, from Mac’s Mission Charity Foundation’s bank account starting in November 2016. Fellow charity workers told authorities Hann regularly frequented casinos in Cape Girardeau and St. Charles.

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