On October 6, Karimah Bailey, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3197 in Seattle, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to a year and a day in jail plus three years of supervised release for embezzling funds and making false entries on the union’s annual financial reporting form. Bailey, who pleaded guilty in April, also will have to pay restitution in the amount of $98,802.17. The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 10/20/08).
Los Angeles Local Office Manager Charged with Embezzlement
On September 26, Teresa Cora Luna, former bookkeeper/office manager of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 504 in Los Angeles, was charged in federal court for embezzling $67,416 in union funds during the period November 2004-June 2005. The charge follows a Labor Department investigation. (OLMS, 10/20/08).
Office Secretary of Georgia Local Sentenced for Thefts
On October 8, Louella M. Zieman, former office secretary of International Association of Iron Workers Local 709, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia to 14 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for embezzling $51,684.50 in local funds. She also will have to make full restitution and pay a $100 special assessment. Zieman pleaded guilty in June. The local is based in Port Wentworth, near Savannah. (OLMS, 10/20/08).
Officer of Missouri Local Indicted for Embezzlement
On or about October 23, Michael St. John, an officer of Glass, Molders, and Plastics Workers International Union Local 30, was indicted in federal court on charges that he embezzled about $24,000 from his union during the period October 2003-December 2007. St. John, 32, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000. The union is based in Pevely (Jefferson County), Mo., south of St. Louis. (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/23/08; KSDK-TV, 10/23/08).
Kentucky President Charged with Embezzlement; Pleads Guilty
On October 7, Christopher Ethington, former president of United Auto Workers Local 2926, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky with one count of embezzling $15,100 in funds from the Shelbyville union. He subsequently pleaded guilty. (OLMS, 10/20/08).
Florida Local President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
On October 1, Luther L. Corey, former president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1197, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida to embezzling union funds in the amount of $16,288.37. He had been charged in March with embezzlement in the same amount. The union is based in Jacksonville. (OLMS, 10/20/08).
Former President of Minnesota Local Pleads Guilty to Theft
On September 30, David Thompson, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 333, was charged in District Court of Dakota County, Minnesota with two counts each of credit card fraud and theft. He allegedly stole $8,767.94 in union funds. The union is based in Rosemount. (OLMS, 10/20/08).
Ohio Local Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement
On October 14, Chad Mowery, formerly secretary-treasurer of Division 282 of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to one year of probation and ordered to pay restitution. He had pleaded guilty to embezzling $2,537 in funds from the Springdale-based union back in May. (OLMS, 10/20/08).
Missouri Financial Manager Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud
On September 29, Wendy Elaine Bentzen, former information/financial manager for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees State Council 72 in Jefferson City, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to one count of bank fraud in an unspecified amount. (OLMS, 10/20/08).