Lexington woman charged with misappropriating nearly $2,000 in charity funds

July 13, 2013 


— A Lexington woman was arrested Thursday on charges that she misappropriated almost $2,000 raised from a beauty pageant to help pay medical bills for a boy battling brain cancer.

Lexington County sheriff’s deputies charged Kelli Jean Chavis with breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

An arrest warrant says that Chavis began collecting donations and fees for a beauty pageant held on March 17. The proceeds from the beauty pageant were intended to be donated to help pay the medical bills of Richard Culliver, a Lexington boy battling brain cancer.

The warrant says financial documents show that Chavis transferred $1,875 from a PayPal account she helped establish to receive fees and donations for the beauty pageant to a personal bank account she controlled.

Records show the bank account was depleted and the money spent on personal expenses such as food and alcoholic beverages.

Culliver’s family did not receive any money from Chavis in proceeds from the beauty pageant.

Culliver’s mother, Stephanie Marie McMillan, reported the misappropriation on May 7.

Cassie Cope

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