April Franklin

Michigan Plumbers Secretary Sentenced for $400K+ Embezzlement

PlumberApril Franklin is remorseful. But remorse isn't going to be enough to keep her out of prison. On July 25, Franklin, formerly office secretary for United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 333 and former bookkeeper for that union's Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to 42 months in prison and ordered to pay back the more than $400,000 she stole to pay for personal expenses. She had been charged this past January and pleaded guilty in April. "The damage I have caused the union and the disappointment in myself are the first thoughts when I wake in the morning," she wrote in a pre-sentencing letter to U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney. "I will, no doubt, spend the rest of my life regretting these actions."

Plumbers Secretary in Michigan Pleads Guilty to Stealing $400K

On April 7, April Franklin, formerly office secretary for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 333 and former bookkeeper for the union's apprenticeship fund, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to embezzling a combined more than $400,000 from the Lansing-based labor organizations. An employee of the union during 1999-2009, she was charged this January with her husband in the theft of $234,331.33 from the training fund and $40,886 from the union general fund during 2008-09. The plea agreement also refers to her stealing additional funds, bringing the total to $411,979.37. She is set for sentencing on July 25. The indictment and guilty plea follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Michigan Plumbers Local Secretary Charged with Embezzlement

PlumberOn January 13, April Franklin, former office secretary of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 333 and former bookkeeper for the union's apprenticeship training fund, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan with thefts totaling slightly over $275,000 from the two labor organizations. She allegedly stole $40,886 from the Lansing-based union and $234,331.33 from the training fund. The charges follow a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General, and Employee Benefits Security Administration.

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