Mail Handlers President in St. Louis Charged with Embezzlement

On January 6, Scott Rodgers, president of National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 314, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri with one count of embezzling $80,765 from the St. Louis-based union following a grand jury indictment. According to prosecutors, Rodgers made four unauthorized ATM withdrawals and used his union debit card for personal expenditures such as meals, fuel, transportation, travel and lodging. He also allegedly claimed false reimbursements for lost work time. This union can’t seem to stay out of trouble. In October, former Local 314 treasurer Yvette Luster was indicted for stealing $184,138. The actions in both cases follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.