For about three years, Mark Tracy used his union credit cards for a good time at the expense of members. He’s now going to be doing time. On June 20, Tracy, formerly secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 533, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to two years in prison and three years supervised release for embezzling about $125,000 from the Reno-based union. He also will have to pay $87,119 in restitution plus a $10,000 fine. Tracy pled guilty last December.
Federal prosecutors had alleged that Tracy, 65, a former resident of Reno now living in Ocala, Fla., during 2006 to 2009 made illegal use of union funds to pay for personal expenses, which he charged on two union-issued credit cards. He also concealed his thefts by knowingly entering false information on financial reporting forms, and fabricated credit card receipts and statements. The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.