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Union Corruption Update: Confessing to Four Percent of the Crime Isn’t Confessing

  • Police badge2The Washington Examiner reports that the former secretary of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers pleaded guilty to embezzling $200,000 in Political Action Committee contributions for which she was responsible. She previously admitted internally to taking $7300: A Department of Labor investigation revealed that she had actually written $502,586 in checks on the union’s PAC fund to cash. She had deposited $180,000 of that to her personal accounts.
  • Tampa Bay Online reports that the former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 458 has been indicted by a Florida grand jury for allegedly embezzling $44,000 in dues money. Court records indicate he paid himself roughly 10 times what he told the union he had been paid.
  • A former office manager for Local 32 of the Laborers International Union of North America has been sentenced to 17 months in the federal pen for embezzling $190,000 in union money. She had been responsible for depositing members’ dues and fees into the union’s accounts.
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