Laborers Local Office Manager in Northern Illinois Indicted

liuna logoFor more than four years, Grace Rathke treated union revenues as though they were intended for her. Now she may have to pay a high price. Rathke, former office manager for Laborers International Union of North America Local 32, was indicted by a Rockford, Illinois federal grand jury on August 2 on 10 counts of embezzlement totaling about $200,000 from the Rockford union. Prosecutors allege Rathke, 55, a resident of Loves Park, Ill., during November 2004-March 2009 diverted dues and fees payments to her own account rather than deposit them in a union account. If convicted, Rathke faces a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. The indictment follows a joint probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General and Office of Labor-Management Standards.