Putting David Fleury in charge of union finances proved to be a mistake. Getting members their money back may turn out to be an even bigger challenge. On August 9, Fleury, former president of International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 6, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to embezzling roughly $300,000 in funds from the Rockford, Ill.-based union. He had been charged on July 15 following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. His sentencing is set for December 15, when he faces up to five years in prison and a restitution order.
Fleury, now 49, a resident of Rockford, headed Local 6 during January 2011-May 2015. Prosecutors had alleged that he used his office for much of that period to line his pockets. He diverted fully 153 electronic paycheck deposits totaling $284,286 into an account he controlled. Nor was this the whole story. Fleury also made $6,132 in unauthorized purchases with his union credit card, failed to turn over reimbursements for travel-related credit card use, and embezzled $4,585 in dues. In his plea agreement, Fleury admitted that he used the proceeds of his thefts to pay for basic personal expenses, vacations and casino gambling. He also admitted to concealing the thefts on annual Labor Department financial reporting forms.