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Where did the Little Angels pageant money go?

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BASTROP, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Stacy and Quinton Mewborn were arrested earlier this month on theft charges after authorities say they kept funds raised from a benefit they held for a local family.

We now know who donated and where the money went.

More than $4,000 dollars was donated to the Little Angels of Northeast Louisiana organization to benefit the Jones family. The mother and all four of their children suffer from a connective tissue disorder.  But the family never saw the money, so where did it go?

An arrest warrant alleges the money was spent on the Mewborn's house note, car note and to pay probation fees for charges Stacy racked up years back in Tennessee.

Some money was also spent at a Vicksburg casino.

Authorities say the Mewborns were spending the money they collected on themselves, even while they were still gathering donations.

Victims gave thousands of dollars in cash, checks and other items, including Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs, who reportedly gave $200 of his own money.

They're not happy the money ended up in the wrong hands.

The question that will now be answered by the justice system: Will the victims get any of the money back?

District Attorney Jerry Jones issued this statement:

"The state will make every effort to get both justice and restitution but sometimes it's difficult to do both."

And if the victims get the money back?

"I'd give it right back to the Jones family," said Jennifer Walker, who donated $300 of Mary Kay items.

Victims say it's taught both them and the Mewborns a hard lesson.

"I always like donating and don't think twice but now it makes you think twice. Next time I'll research first and see if it's real," said Walker.

Victim Chastity Rhodes says she was always taught the truth would set you free and lies would get you nowhere. But she says the lies did get the Mewborns somewhere.

"And that's free room and board," Rhodes said.

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