Kathryn L. Stark had an 11-year run stealing funds from Local 31 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. But the former office manager of the Duluth, Minn.-based local ran out of luck sometime after that. A federal grand jury in Minneapolis on September 11 indicted Stark, 49, a resident of Superior, Wisconsin, on charges that during 1993-2004 she stole more than $50,000 from the union. Two other persons also were indicted in the case, the result of an investigation by the Labor Department. Local 31 represents utility workers in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Duluth News-Tribune, 9/12/06).
Cleveland Ex-Local Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
On August 8, Boni L. Segura, formerly secretary of Local 18 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, based in Cleveland, pled guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to one count of embezzlement of $5,729 in union funds. The guilty plea comes after an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 9/14/06).
Treasurer in Milwaukee to Plead Guilty to Records Violations
On August 10, Lois Carter, ex-treasurer of Local 84101 of the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers (IUE), signed an agreement to plead guilty to various record-keeping offenses. She allegedly failed to provide information necessary for the Department of Labor to verify the accuracy of the local’s Form LM-3 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2003. On the same day as her plea, an information count was filed against Carter in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The IUE, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America, represents about 150,000 active and retired employees. (OLMS, 9/14/06).