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Locomotive Engineers Secretary in Tennessee Pleads Guilty to $200K+ Theft

BLET logoIt was a formality for Reda Overton, but it was a source of relief for the rail workers that her union represented. On May 20, Overton, formerly executive secretary for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), General Committee of Adjustment 4-175, a Teamsters affiliate, pleaded guilty in Knoxville federal court to embezzling more than $200,000 from a Tennessee office of the Cynthiana, Ky.-based union over a more than three-year period. Overton in mid-February had agreed to plead guilty after being charged on January 22 following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards. She faces up to five years in prison and a term of supervised release of up to three years.

Illinois Locomotive Engineers Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

BLET logoOn March 20, Robert Davis, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 644, a Teamsters affiliate, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois to embezzling funds in the amount of $27,712 from the Galesburg-based union. He had been charged in July. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

BLET-Teamster Secretary in Tennessee Charged with $200K+ Theft; Strikes Plea Deal

BLET-Teamster logoReda Overton had low self-esteem. Unfortunately, she saw raiding her union's coffers as the way to boost it. On or a little before February 14, Overton, formerly executive secretary for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), General Committee of Adjustment 4-175, a Teamsters affiliate, agreed to plead guilty at an unspecified date in Knoxville federal court to embezzling more than $200,000 from a Tennessee office of the Cynthiana, Ky.-based labor organization over a more than three-year period. She had been charged on January 22 following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards. As part of the deal, Overton agreed to skip a grand jury review.

BLET Secretary-Treasurer in Illinois Indicted for Embezzlement

BLET logoOn July 23, Robert Davis, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 644, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois for embezzlement of $27,712 in funds from the Galesburg union. BLET is a Teamsters affiliate. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Locomotive Engineers Secretary-Treasurer in Virginia Sentenced

BLET logoOn January 24, Timothy Shell, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 561, was sentenced in Henrico County, Va. circuit court to four years (suspended) and 60 days in jail, plus seven years of probation, for embezzling at least $200 in funds from the Richmond-based union. Shell had been indicted last May and pleaded guilty in October. BLET is an affiliate of the Teamsters. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Locomotive Engineers Secretary-Treasurer in Indiana Sentenced

BLET logoOn October 18, Robert Lauermann, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 682, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for filing false financial reports with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). He was ordered to pay $5,742.85 in restitution to the Whiting, Ind. (Lake County) union, and pay the court a $500 fine and a $25 special assessment. Lauermann pleaded guilty this past April to the false records charge after being indicted in April 2011 for embezzlement in an amount of more than $10,000. The RRB is based in Chicago, thus explaining the prosecution taking place in federal court there. BLET since the middle of the last decade has been affiliated with the Teamsters. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Virginia Local Locomotive Engineers Secretary-Treasurer Indicted

On May 21, Timothy Shell, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 561, a Teamsters affiliate, was indicted in Henrico County, Va. Circuit Court on one count of embezzling at least $200 from the Richmond-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Iowa Locomotive Engineers Ex-Local Secretary Sentenced

Locomotive trainOn December 12, Kenneth Schmidt, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Local 656, was sentenced in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa District Court to a suspended five-year prison sentence and given instead three years of probation for theft from the Mason City-based union. He also will have to pay $1,373 in restitution and a $750 fine. He pled guilty in November. The sentence follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Iowa Locomotive Engineers Local Secretary Charged with Theft

On June 15, Ken Schmidt, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 656, was charged with theft in the State of Iowa, Cerro Gordo County District Court with theft of $9,467 from the Mason City union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Indiana Locomotive Engineers Secretary-Treasurer Indicted

On April 7, Robert Lauermann, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Division 682, was indicted in Hammond, Indiana federal court on one count of embezzlement of union funds in an amount over $10,000. The alleged thefts occurred during May 2006-December 2009. The Whiting (Lake County)-based union represents engineers of the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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