Laborers Local Secretary in Oklahoma Pleads Guilty

For four years Donna LeAnn Cooper used her union credit card to enrich her bottom line. She’s lucky she likely won’t be doing as much time behind bars. Cooper, a former office employee with Laborers International Union of North America Local 888, pleaded guilty on July 15 in Muskogee, Oklahoma federal court to embezzling more than $69,000 from the Muskogee local. She is currently free on bond awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors had alleged that Cooper, 58, a resident of Tahlequah, during October 26, 2004-October 16, 2008 used her union-issued credit card to make unauthorized purchases and ATM withdrawals for her own use. An investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards led to her indictment this June. U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling said that though the punishment could be up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, a preliminary calculation of sentencing guidelines projects a prison term of 10 to 16 months.