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Labor Racket Weekly: The Hunt For a Union Bookkeeper

This week’s cast of characters is uniquely corrupt, and in one case, on the run.

  • In Michigan, Stephanie Marie DeBoer was a bookkeeper and office manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 876 before she was indicted on a charge of embezzlement and theft of union funds. Federal authorities are trying to track down the former union bookkeeper, who was accused of stealing $307,000. She was released last month on a $10,000 unsecured bond after her initial court appearance in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.
  • In Alaska, Ann Reddig, former Secretary-Treasurer of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 918, was charged with one count of embezzling over $193,000 in union funds, and one count of Making a Forged Security.
  • In the District of Columbia, Juan Carlos Recinos, former Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Iron Workers Local 201 was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Recinos previously paid full restitution of $26,900. On February 24, 2017, Recinos pled guilty to one count of Fraud in the Second Degree.
  • In Michigan, Brenda Schaefer, former Treasurer of National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA) Local 39, was charged with willful failure to maintain union records.

Touch base next week for more stories of union corruption.

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