The promotion was nice, but it couldn’t save Clinton Humphrey from being caught. On January 26, Humphrey, formerly president-business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 386, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas with embezzling $51,811.70 in funds from the Texarkana, Ark.-based union. He then pleaded guilty. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Court records show that Humphrey, now 43, during the period March 2010-November 2014 used his union credit card and checking accounts to buy items for his personal use. He had served as secretary-treasurer of Local 386 since 2009, but during mid-2014 he took over as president and business manager. His tenure in his latter posts would be brief. Humphrey faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, but given his guilty plea, he’s likely to be given leniency at sentencing.