Insulators Secretary in Minnesota Sentenced for Embezzlement

On March 29, Scot McNamara, former financial secretary for International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 34, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to four months of house arrest and two years of probation for embezzling $8,871 in funds from the St. Paul union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution, plus a $3,000 fine, a $100 special assessment and a $4,000 reimbursement to the Treasury Department for the cost of legal representation. McNamara pled guilty last December after being charged in July. Former local business manager Keith Christopherson also had been convicted of embezzlement in that case. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Heat and Frost Insulators Business Manager in North Dakota Charged

heat-and-frost-insulators_0On September 7, John Bickerstaff, former business manager of International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 133, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota with one count of embezzling $70,659 in funds from the Bismarck union, plus one count each of filing a false financial report and willfully concealing records.  The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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Insulators PAC Manager Sentenced for $500K+ in Thefts

heat-and-frost-insulators_0Cora Carper ran the finances for a political action committee. She might have run it into the ground had her pattern of theft not been discovered. On July 2, Carper, former financial manager for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers PAC, was sentenced in Baltimore federal court to 37 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for embezzling more than $500,000 from the committee. Carper, who also had been a clerical employee at union headquarters in Lanham, Md., had pleaded guilty in November 2012 after being indicted that April following a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. She also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $495,286. Her family previously paid a small portion of the take.

Federal prosecutors had alleged that Carper, 32, a resident of Churchton, Md., during June 2009-February 2011 wrote more …

Ex-Office Manager at Insulators Union Headquarters Pleads Guilty

heat-and-frost-insulators_0One only can guess where Cora Carper spent all that money. On April 5, Carper, a former clerical employee at the Lanham, Md. headquarters of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to embezzling funds from a union-sponsored political action committee (PAC). She had been indicted by a grand jury last November following an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. She faces up to five years in prison plus forfeiture of stolen money at her June 4 sentencing.

Federal prosecutors had alleged that Carper, a resident of Churchton (Anne Arundel County), Md., during June 2009-February 2011 wrote more than 300 unauthorized PAC checks totaling $502,586 for her personal use. At her plea hearing, she admitted to writing the checks and then logging them in union records as political donations, expense reimbursements or …

Manager of Insulators Union PAC Indicted for $500K+ Theft

heat-and-frost-insulators_0Money collected by a political action committee presumably goes for political campaigns. Cora Carper apparently had ideas of her own. And as fate would have it, so do federal prosecutors. On November 14, Carper, former fund manager for a PAC sponsored by the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, was indicted on six counts by a Greenbelt, Maryland federal grand jury for embezzling more than $500,000 from a PAC sponsored by the Lanham, Md.-based union, which represents more than 20,000 insulation industry workers in the U.S. and Canada. Carper faces up to five years in prison plus forfeiture of all stolen money. No initial court appearance has been scheduled yet.

According to prosecutors, Carper, 32, a resident of Churchton (Anne Arundel County), Md., during June 2009-February 2011 wrote more than 300 unauthorized PAC checks totaling $502,586 for her own personal use. To conceal the nature of …