Twin Cities Locomotive Union Treasurer Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

On February 23, William Winecke, former treasurer of the Soo Line Locomotive and Car Foreman’s Association, pleaded guilty in the Dakota County (Minnesota) District Court to one count of theft by swindle from the Apple Valley, Minn.-based local.  He then was sentenced to 30 days of home confinement and four years of probation, and ordered to pay undetermined restitution on top of the $29,000 he already paid, plus $504 in court fees.  Winecke had been charged last August with theft in the amount of $41,036 over a more than three-year period.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.