Sheet Metal Workers Office Manager in Alaska Charged; Pleads Guilty

On January 17, Carole Reeves, former office manager for Sheet Metal Workers Local 23, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska with one count of embezzling $19,663.33 in funds from the Anchorage-based union. She then signed a plea agreement. According to prosecutors, Reeves during July-October 2008 had used her union credit card on 19 separate occasions to divert union funds to her personal savings account. Under the plea agreement, she will avoid prison time, but will have to pay a $6,000 fine and serve three years probation. Reeves already has repaid the union in full. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.