Reda Overton isn’t likely to be feeling well in the near future. On November 10, Overton, former executive secretary to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), General Committee of Adjustment 4-175, a Teamsters affiliate, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee to 18 months of imprisonment and three months of probation for embezzling $206,056 from the Tennessee office of the Kentucky-based union. She also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 assessment.
Federal prosecutors had alleged that during the period December 2008-March 2012, Overton on a number of occasions diverted funds from her office to her own personal use. The union, which represents employees of Norfolk Southern Railway, eventually reported the missing money to the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. Overton left her job in June 2012. She eventually pleaded guilty last May after being charged in February. Her stated motive for stealing was to feel less depressed. Rank and file union members right now no doubt are feeling a lot less depressed about where their dues are going.