Bond set for woman accused of theft from Ohio cancer charity

ATHENS, OH (WCMH) — A North Carolina woman is being held on $500,000 bond, accused of stealing from an Ohio cancer charity.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller J. Blackburn says Michelle M. Lowery-Rowan, 46, is accused of stealing more than $7,500 from the Chix 4 a Cure account through Ohio University Credit Union. She is also accused of spending more than $7,500 on personal expenses on a Chix 4 a Cure credit card.

Police say she used the money for personal expenses, including travel, household expenses, concert tickets and registration for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Blackburn says she created records, including bank statements, to cover up the theft.

In court, Lowery-Rowan pleaded not guilty to three counts of money laundering, two counts of grand theft, two counts of telecommunications fraud, tampering with records, forgery and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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