Blaine D. Barnett

Los Angeles Ex-Councilman, Union Leader Sentenced

The redemption of Martin Ludlow continues.  On June 5, the former member of the Los Angeles City Council and secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor was sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years probation and 2,000 hours of community service for diverting Service Employee International Union Local 99 funds to pay for his 2003 City Council run.  He also will have to make $36,400 in restitution to the union.  Former Local 99 President Janett Humphries still faces various charges.  (OLMS, 6/13/06).           

 

Former Bookkeeper in Philadelphia Sentenced for Theft

Washington State Bookkeeper Charged with Theft to Go on Trial

One side calls it embezzlement; the other calls it a rookie mistake.  Either way, Kimberly Solheim has been through a learning experience.  The former bookkeeper for Division 402 of the Local Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in Pasco, Washington, is set to go on trial in federal court on January 23 for embezzling nearly $15,000 from the union.  Prosecutors maintain that she diverted the funds into her own account during July 2001-July 2003.  “The union has no source of income other than the dues, and it only has one account,” said U.S. Attorney Gregory Shogren.

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