Former Miss Florida scholarship manager ‘stole $100,000 for fancy dinners and shopping sprees’

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Former Miss Florida scholarship manager ‘stole $100,000 from the fund to pay for fancy dinners, online dating site fees, cleaning services and shopping sprees’

  • Former Miss Florida Scholarship Program Director Mary Wickersham, 76, has been charged with seven counts of defrauding businesses and individuals.
  • Between December 2011 and June 2018, Wickersham reportedly spent at least $100,000 belonging to the Miss Florida scholarship program.
  • Wickersham allegedly formed a fraudulent Florida company named Miss Florida LLC and used the fake company to open a bank account that only she could access
  • Wickersham then allegedly solicited donations on behalf of the Miss Florida organization, but would deposit money into her “Miss Florida” account.
  • The money helped fund her glamorous lifestyle, paying for shopping sprees, household items, maid services, dinners, online dating fees and other costs.
  • Wickersham even allegedly stole from the Children’s Miracle Network by adding the words ‘Miss Florida Pageant’ to donation checks










The former executive director of the Miss Florida Scholarship Program is facing federal charges for allegedly stealing $100,000 in donations to pay for personal expenses and shopping.

Mary Wickersham, 76, who also goes by the names of Mary Sullivan and Mary Harvey, surrendered on Tuesday and was charged with seven counts of defrauding businesses and individuals, the prosecutor’s office announced on Tuesday. American from the Southern District of Florida.

Federal prosecutors allege that between December 2011 and June 2018, Wickersham spent at least $100,000 belonging to the Miss Florida Scholarship Program, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide scholarships to young women through through contests and other charities for personal expenses.

This money helped fund her glamorous lifestyle, pay for shopping sprees, utilities household items, housekeeping services, dinners, online dating fees and other costs, prosecutors said.

A judge set Wickersham’s bond at $100,000. If found guilty on all charges, the 76-year-old could face up to 20 years in prison.

Former Miss Florida Scholarship Program director Mary Wickersham, 76 (pictured), has been charged with seven counts of defrauding businesses and individuals

Federal prosecutors allege that between December 2011 and June 2018, Wickersham (center) spent at least $100,000 belonging to the Miss Florida scholarship program.

Federal prosecutors allege that between December 2011 and June 2018, Wickersham (center) spent at least $100,000 belonging to the Miss Florida scholarship program.

Wickersham, 76, who also goes by the names of Mary Sullivan and Mary Harvey, turned himself in on Tuesday and was charged with seven counts of defrauding businesses and individuals.

Wickersham, 76, who also goes by the names of Mary Sullivan and Mary Harvey, turned himself in on Tuesday and was charged with seven counts of defrauding businesses and individuals.

Wickersham allegedly formed a fraudulent company in Florida named Miss Florida LLC and used the fake company to open a bank account that only she could access, prosecutors say.

Wickersham would then solicit donations on behalf of the Miss Florida organization, but instead of depositing the funds into the organization’s bank account, she would deposit money into her “Miss Florida” account at Bank of America.

Following his resignation in 2018, the scholarship program discovered “financial irregularities” in their accounts and contacted authorities, the organization said in a statement.

“The current Board of Trustees is acting in concert with the appropriate legal authorities and with the National Miss America Program in this matter,” the Miss Florida Scholarship Program said. “We are in a strong fiscal position and are seeing increasing success in fundraising for scholarships.”

Wickersham also allegedly defrauded the Everglades Foundation, one of Florida’s largest environmental organizations, a small local store called Anne Marie’s Boutique and a former Miss Florida pageant winner identified only as LR in court documents, the Miami Herald reported.

Wickersham even stole the Children’s Miracle Network, which raises money for hospitals, adding the the words “Miss Florida Pageant” on donation checks and the deposit of funds into her fraudulent account, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said.

Wickersham allegedly formed a fraudulent Florida company named Miss Florida LLC and used the fake company to open a bank account that only she could access

Wickersham allegedly formed a fraudulent Florida company named Miss Florida LLC and used the fake company to open a bank account that only she could access

Wickersham even allegedly robbed the Children's Miracle Network by adding the words 'Miss Florida Pageant' to donation checks and depositing the funds into the fraudulent account.

Wickersham even allegedly robbed the Children’s Miracle Network by adding the words ‘Miss Florida Pageant’ to donation checks and depositing the funds into the fraudulent account.

‘Mrs. Wickersham not only stole charitable donations from the scholarship program, but also from two local charities and a local business affiliated with Miss Florida,’ Miami Special Agent in Charge Troy Walker said.

“Agents believe the scam took place over several years,” he added.

She is due to appear in court again on Monday at 10 a.m.

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