Former Iowa Local Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced

On December 20, Debra Herrig, formerly secretary-treasurer for American Postal Workers Local 2339, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa to three months imprisonment and two years of supervised release.  She also will have to serve three months of home detention.  Herrig pleaded guilty last March to one count of embezzling funds from the Dubuque local; she since has made restitution in the amount of $13,265.26.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 1/25).     


Ex-Bookkeeper for Philadelphia Local Sentenced for Thefts

On January 3, Barbara Wituschek, ex-bookkeeper for Iron Workers Local 161, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to 36 months of probation and fined $1,000.  She had pleaded guilty last October to two counts of embezzling $5,741.41 in union funds.  (OLMS, 1/25).     

Ex-Local President in Virginia Indicted for Embezzlement

On October 5, Tina Buracker, formerly president of Local 82174 of the Communications Workers of America, was indicted in U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, on one count of embezzlement of union funds totaling $54,679.  The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 10/28).


Massachusetts Local Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

On October 3, George Beck, Jr. ex-secretary-treasurer for Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers Local 01-366, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to six months home confinement, followed by two years of probation, for embezzling union funds.  He also will have to make $26,918 in restitution.  Beck pled guilty on September 7.  The action follows an investigation by the Labor Department.  (OLMS, 10/28).    


Ex-Business Manager for Missouri Local Sentenced for Theft

On October 7, Duane Raab, former business manager for Iron Workers Local

Former Iowa Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

On May 12, Amanda Kemmer, ex-secretary for Bricklayers Local 3 in the Des Moines area, was given a 24-month prison sentence plus three years probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution for embezzling union funds.  Kemmer pleaded guilty last December in federal court to stealing more than $209,000 over the period January 1997-April 2004.  She’d pocketed about $175,000 of that by using a rubber stamp to write herself checks, and raked in the rest by altering pay stubs and pilfering cash.   (OLMS, 5/27).


Indictment of Pittsburgh-Area Bookkeeper Unsealed

On May 11, an indictment against Patricia Longbon, ex-bookkeeper for the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of Southwestern Pennsylvania, was unsealed after a year-long delay.  Longbon had been indicted on 25 counts in connection with embezzlement of $10,157 of union funds, and two counts of creating false financial records.  The delay was