Former UFCW Boss in Wisconsin Sentenced for Embezzlement

Michael Rice had served as president of Local 538 of the United Food and Commercial Workers since the late 80s. On Tuesday, November 29, he found out how long he’ll have to serve in another capacity: six months as an inmate in prison, plus an additional three years of supervised release. Rice, a resident of Madison, had embezzled slightly over $30,000 from the local in the form of bogus expense claims filed between September 2000 and April 2004. He pleaded guilty in September and since has made restitution. In sentencing Rice, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb took note of the fact the some of his thefts took place during a bitter and unsuccessful strike in 2003. Local 538 represents a combined roughly 2,200 workers at two meatpacking plants and a dairy plant in southern Wisconsin. (Associated Press, 11/30).


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