Missouri Store Employees President, Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

On November 17, Charles Kenney, former president of the Independent Store Employees Union, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri to six months of home confinement and four years of probation for embezzling funds from the O’Fallon, Mo.-based union. He also was ordered to pay $24,865.65 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Kenney had pleaded guilty last June immediately following his indictment for embezzling $15,596. A few weeks later, on December 8, union treasurer Joyce Wheeler was sentenced to six months of home confinement and four months of probation for embezzling union funds. She had pleaded guilty in September after being indicted in June for stealing $30,544 from the union. Wheeler also was ordered to pay $24,865.65 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.