President of Alabama CWA Local Indicted for Embezzlement

cwa-logoFor more than four years, Michael Lackey used his union as a personal ATM machine. It appears that the machine is now out of order. On November 30, Lackey, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 3901, was indicted on nine counts in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama related to his stealing funds from the Oxford, Ala.-based union in an amount of nearly $70,000 and then concealing the thefts. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to prosecutors, Lackey, 43, a resident of Bremen, Ga., used his position as president of CWA Local 3901 during February 2010-October 2014 to divert local funds to his own personal use. The money went for “unauthorized or nonexistent travel expenses, using debit cards he obtained on accounts for the local at both Regions and Wells Fargo for personal expenses, and making cash withdrawals from Local 3901 accounts at both banks for his personal use.” The grand total of stolen funds: $69,193. Lackey also allegedly disguised the thefts by failing to properly maintain union financial records.