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Arkansas Steelworkers Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

Steelworkers logoOn December 2, Peggy Bolen, former financial secretary for United Steelworkers Local 898, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas to five years probation for embezzling $61,541.28 in funds from the Redfield, Ark. union. She also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 fine. Bolen pleaded guilty in August after being indicted in March. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Alabama Steelworkers Treasurer, President Plead Guilty to Embezzlement; Sentenced

Steelworkers logoOn September 29, Harry Small, former secretary-treasurer of Local 9-9506 of the United Steelworkers of America, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama for embezzling funds in the amount of $13,100 from the Bynum, Ala.-based union. He then was sentenced to three years probation, including one year of home detention, and ordered to pay $25,420 in restitution and a $300 special assessment. Small, a resident of Oxford, Ala., had been indicted in April for embezzling a dozen union checks worth a combined $25,820 during August 2008-February 2009. A little over two weeks later, on October 14, Dennis McGee, former president of the union, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1,950 in local funds. He then was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $7,600 in restitution plus a $300 special assessment. McGee had been indicted in April for embezzlement of about $8,200. The guilty pleas and sentences follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Steelworkers Financial Secretary in Arkansas Pleads Guilty

Steelworkers logoOn August 17, Peggy Bolen, former financial secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers of America Local 898, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas to embezzling $61,541 in funds from the Redfield, Ark. (between Little Rock and Pine Bluff) union. She had been indicted in March. The indictment and guilty plea follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Steelworkers President in SE Virginia Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Steelworkers logoOn April 28, Larry Brooks, former president of United Steelworkers of America Local 08-543, pleaded guilty in Chesapeake, Virginia Circuit Court to embezzling $5,500 by making unauthorized withdrawals from the Norfolk-based union's bank account. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Financial Secretary of Steelworkers Local in Wisconsin Sentenced

Steelworkers logoOn March 29, Nickolas Weihert, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers of America Local 4845, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to three years probation, eight months home confinement, and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and a $350 special assessment for theft of $17,256 in funds from his union. He had been charged last October and pleaded guilty in November. He previously had made restitution in the amount of $17,316.62. The union is based in Watertown, Wisconsin, a small city west of Milwaukee. The sentencing follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Arkansas Steelworkers Local Treasurer Indicted for Embezzlement

Steelworkers logoOn March 2, Peggy Bolen, former treasurer of United Steelworkers of America Local 898, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas for embezzling $61,541 in funds from the Redfield, Ark.-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Detroit Steelworkers Ex-President Sentenced for Records Fraud

Steelworkers logoOn January 27, Andrew Blackmon, former president of United Steelworkers Local 842, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to two years of probation for falsifying records of the Detroit union. She also will have to pay $2,055.78 in restitution and a $25 special assessment. Blackmon pled guilty in July. He previously had made restitution in the amount of $510. The sentencing and guilty plea follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Upstate New York Ex-Steelworkers Treasurer Pleads Guilty, Sentenced

On September 16, Gail Shingler, former treasurer of United Steelworkers of America Local 53, was sentenced in Madison County, N.Y. court to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to stealing $2,572 from her former union. She previously had made full restitution to the now-defunct Oneida local. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Ohio Steelworkers Local President Charged with Embezzlement

SteelworkersOn September 15, Ellsworth Williamson, former president of United Steelworkers of America Local 5-1967, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio with embezzlement of $5,159.16 in funds from the Hamilton (north of Cincinnati)-based union. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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