Wisconsin Court Orders Ex-Union Employees to Stand Trial

The pasts of Lori Sommers and Tracy Shultz are one step closer to haunting them.  The pair, currently a site manager and an administrative assistant for the City of Madison, Wisconsin’s Community Development Authority (CDA), each for a few years had worked for Local 60 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  That’s the part of their past they wish would go away.  The pair had been charged in Dane County Circuit Court in April with defrauding the union out of more than $17,000.  Now, following a preliminary hearing, the court on June 3 ordered them to stand trial.


Sommers, 43, and Shultz, 37, served, respectively, as AFSCME Local 60 treasurer and secretary.  During 2004-05, say prosecutors, they diverted union funds toward personal use, including reimbursement for a conference in Arizona they never attended.  In a separate case, Sommers will have to stand trial for her alleged role in keeping more than $10,000 in cash intended for the family of an elderly resident who had died at home in a CDA-managed apartment unit.  A county nurse, Joy Drummond, also has been charged in that case.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/4/08).