Minnesota Boss Embezzled $21,000

In the wake of the Am. Fed’n of State, County & Mun. Employees’ $4.6 million union embezzlement and corruption report uncovered by the N.Y. Times in Jan., some details of a embezzlement scheme in Minn. have come to light.  In 1998, it was discovered that an unnamed “local rep.” of AFSCME Local 83 in Duluth, Minn. “help[ed] herself to $21,000 of the local’s money,” said Peter Benner, executive director of AFSCME Dist. Council 6 in Minn.  The boss was removed and the investigation was turned over to the St. Louis County sheriff according to Mary Theurer, executive director of AFSCME Dist. Council 96 in Minn.  “We try to have safeguards in place, have two people sign off on checks, and sometimes they’re still able to get by,” said Theurer.  No further information is available. [Star-Trib. (Minneapolis) 1/22/00; Duluth News-Trib. 1/23/00]