One only can guess where Cora Carper spent all that money. On April 5, Carper, a former clerical employee at the Lanham, Md. headquarters of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to embezzling funds from a union-sponsored political action committee (PAC). She had been indicted by a grand jury last November following an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. She faces up to five years in prison plus forfeiture of stolen money at her June 4 sentencing.
Federal prosecutors had alleged that Carper, a resident of Churchton (Anne Arundel County), Md., during June 2009-February 2011 wrote more than 300 unauthorized PAC checks totaling $502,586 for her personal use. At her plea hearing, she admitted to writing the checks and then logging them in union records as political donations, expense reimbursements or conference expenses. The final loss amount will be determined at sentencing. The union represents more than 20,000 insulation workers in the U.S. and Canada.