Iowa Boss Admits $5,300 Theft

Terrance P. Baldridge, ex-financial secretary of United Auto Workers Local 1349 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, pled guilty Dec. 3 to embezzling $5,307.34 from the local. From Oct. 1996 to July 2000, he wrote checks on union accounts and used the money for personal expenses including $1,150 for a bail bond for his son. He has agreed to make full restitution. He was indicted Oct. 5. U.S. Dist. Judge Michael J. Melloy (N.D. Iowa, H.W. Bush) set sentencing for Feb. 25.  [USAO N.D. Iowa 12/17/01; DOL 12/3/01]

“Great to have you back. Just don’t steal the silverware!” President Bush greeting Terry McAuliffe, Democratic Nat’l Comm. Chairman, Clinton crony, and high-profile figure in both the Teamsters money-laundering scandal and the recently settled $4.9 million Int’l Bhd. of Elec. Workers’ benefit fund scandal involving shaky Fla. real estate deals, in a White House receiving line for the Dec. 2 Kennedy Ctr. Honors.

“I have no intention of doing that, sir.” Kennedy Ctr. Trustee and McAuliffe’s wife, Dorothy, in response. Mrs. McAuliffe was also linked to the real estate deal. [Wash. Post 12/11/01]