Nebraska Local Ex-Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

Antoinette Cox-Burress needed money to buy medicine for her ailing mother and support her children.  Unfortunately, she went to the wrong source – her union.  On December 8, Mrs. Cox-Burress was sentenced to zero-to-two years in prison for embezzling $12,663 from Local 1293 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers during the period June 2001-December 2004.  She’d pleaded guilty in September, agreeing to make full restitution.  Under the sentence, Cox-Burress, 43, is immediately eligible for parole, though she likely will have to do at least some prison time.  “There’s no doubt this is a very sad case, a sad situation,” said Lancaster County District Judge Jeff Cheuvront.  (Lincoln Journal Star, 12/9/06).