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Sorority President Commissions $900K Wax Statue of Herself

It might have been OK to waste funds when former Chicago Housing Authority comptroller Barbara McKinzie worked in government, but her sorority sisters at Alpha Kappa Alpha are not having it! McKinzie, who is the current national president of the oldest predominantly black sorority, is being sued by AKA members for misusing funds. One of the alleged offenses? Spending $900,000 on a wax statue of herself.

Moving from the bizarre to the blatant, McKinzie is also accused of racking up $400,000 in personal expenses and setting up a $4,000 a month pension for herself for after she leaves office.

McKinzie denies the allegations, saying: "The malicious allegations leveled against AKA by former leaders are based on mischaracterizations and fabrications not befitting our ideals of sisterhood, ethics and service."

If the allegations are true, perhaps McKinzie thought she had to live up to the lifestyle enjoyed by some of the sorority's famous alumnae. That list includes: Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett Smith, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Gladys Knight, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King.

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
Where's the wax statue then? I want to see it. She could take that 900,000 and have done something better don't you think? Like buy a house in the south of France, a Ferrarri and a trip around the world maybe for starters. But then what for, since she had 400,000 in personal expenses. Poor thing. That must have taken care of the pink diamond and the football team then.
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
Yeah it was a joke...
sassy_chick sassy_chick 7 years
Does she think she belongs in the wax museum?
runningesq runningesq 7 years
um, wow.
nancita nancita 7 years
Wow. That is just hilarious to me. I wonder where she plans to put the wax statue.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
Oh man. This is why Panhellenic has rules in place about salaries. That's simply outrageous.
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
That's why my aunt always said pledge Delta
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