ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Former North Carolina Jaycee President Maurice H. Wilson was ordered to appear in court today for a bond hearing on charges of embezzling $38,961 in charitable funds and misapplying another $39,813 of the organization's money.
Indictments, returned Monday by a Randolph County grand jury, also included seven other counts of embezzlement of smaller amounts of money.
The indictment said Wilson took the $38,961 from Jaycee accounts at Planters National Bank in Asheboro. The one count of misapplying funds said he withdrew the $39,813 and converted it to a certificate of deposit in his name.
Wilson was ordered by Superior Court Judge W. Douglas Albright to appear in court today for a bond hearing. Assistant District Attorney Tom Kastner said he would ask that bond be set at $25,000.
The indictments cover a two-year period from August 1978 to April 1980. Wilson was outgoing president of the state Jaycees when reports of financial irregularities were disclosed last May. He was later named board chairman of the organization, but resigned in August.
The indictments were the result of an investigation of Jaycee finances spurred by reports that $191,000 in charity funds were diverted for other purposes. Some Jaycees have said the funds were used to pay national membership dues for thousands of non-existent members.
Much of the money was earmarked for the North Carolina Burn Center and had been raised through the sale of grape jelly. Critics dubbed the scandal 'Jamscam.'