North Dakota Heat and Frost Insulators Business Manager Pleads Guilty

On January 24, John Bickerstaff, former treasurer and business manager of International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 133, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota to one count of embezzling funds from the Bismarck-based union in the sum of $91,223. Bickerstaff had been charged in September 2016 with one count of embezzling $70,659, plus one count each of filing a false financial report and concealing records. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.