Minnesota Regional Official of Rail Union Pleads Guilty

Locomotive trainCleveland headquarters isn’t the only place at the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) where corruption seems to have occurred. On July 27, Cory Carroll, formerly secretary-treasurer of the union’s Regional and Shortline General Committee of Adjustment, pleaded guilty in St. Paul federal court to embezzling $35,000 in BLET funds. He had been indicted in April. According to prosecutors, Carroll, now 39, a resident of Albert Lea, Minn., during February 2007-March 2009 illegally charged personal expenses to his union credit card and claimed lost wages for days in which he was not absent. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.