Mother, daughter trio wanted for stealing animal shelter funds

Published: Sep. 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM CDT
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Denise McCoy Manger (left), Tawny Colleen Manger (middle), Tori Michelle Manger (right)
Denise McCoy Manger (left), Tawny Colleen Manger (middle), Tori Michelle Manger (right)

Belle Chasse, La. - A mother and her two daughters are on the run after stealing over $20,000 from the Plaquemines Animal and Welfare Society.

On June 24, former shelter director Denise McCoy Manger was arrested by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office and charged with theft of over $1,500. Manger later confessed to stealing cash donations and proceeds for animal adoptions.

After the initial investigation and an internal audit conducted by the PAWS Board of Directors, it was discovered that Manger's two daughters were involved in the crimes.

Manger and her daughter, Tori Michelle Manger, sold heart worm medication taken from PAWS at a discount and pocketed the cash instead of returning it to the shelter.

Another of Denise Manger's daughters, Tawny Colleen Manger, endorsed a check that was intended for pet adoption and deposited it into her own bank account.

Tori Manger is charged with theft between $500 and $1500 and her sister Tawny is charged with theft under $300.

Investigators have been unable to locate the trio. Anyone with information that can help the investigation should contact Detective Aaron Verrette with the Plaquemines parish Sheriff's Office at 504-564-2525.