Daniel Greg Gibson wasn’t very attentive to detail. That’s why he’ll be spending a year in prison. Gibson, formerly president of the American Federation of Government Employees local representing employees of the Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam 15, was sentenced on July 16 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma to a year and one day in prison to be followed by 24 months of supervised release for thefts from the union. He also will have to pay $33,986.39 in restitution. The sentencing follows a probe by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Federal prosecutors had alleged that Gibson, 51, a resident of Sallisaw, Okla., located near the dam, had written out a large number of checks to various credit card companies over seven years. There was one problem: The union had no credit cards. For some reason, this fact eluded overseers. Finally, in 2008, in response to a compliance audit initiated by the Labor Department, Gibson presented two falsified receipts in order to justify some of the unauthorized expenses. He eventually pleaded guilty to embezzlement this March. Gibson was ordered at sentencing to report to prison on August 17.