Montana Plumbers Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

On April 12, Alicia Rooney, former office secretary for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 459, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana to three months in prison and three years of probation for embezzling funds from the Missoula-based union and a related benefit plan. She also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $163,554.95 and a $100 special assessment. Rooney had pleaded guilty last November to embezzling a combined $171,804 from local general and benefit funds after being indicted that August. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.