Michigan Plumbers Local Secretary Charged with Embezzlement

PlumberOn January 13, April Franklin, former office secretary of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 333 and former bookkeeper for the union’s apprenticeship training fund, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan with thefts totaling slightly over $275,000 from the two labor organizations. She allegedly stole $40,886 from the Lansing-based union and $234,331.33 from the training fund. The charges follow a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General, and Employee Benefits Security Administration.