On October 29, Curtis Iwatsubo, former secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union Local 52, was sentenced in San Jose federal court to 10 months in prison for embezzling more than $48,000 in union funds and was ordered to pay $38,434 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Iwatsubo, now 36, in his guilty plea in May of this year admitted that during January-November 2005 he had used his union debit card to make more than 80 unauthorized ATM cash withdrawals totaling more than $47,000. He also admitted to using the card to making an unauthorized $800 payment to an American Express charge card and making false entries on union records to conceal the thefts. The local represents more than 200 workers at the Owens-Corning plant in Santa Clara. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On May 10, Curtis Iwatsubo, former financial secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union Local 52, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to one count of embezzling funds from the Santa Clara local in the amount of $48,434.50. He had been charged in March after having made more than 80 unauthorized withdrawals with his union ATM card and subsequently concealing the thefts on union financial statements. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Curtis Iwatsubo confused his union debit card with a personal one. Now he's getting a belated lesson about the difference. On March 24, Iwatsubo, formerly financial secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union Local 52, was indicted in San Jose federal court for embezzling more than $47,000 from the union, which represents employees at Owens-Corning's Santa Clara plant. He's also charged with making false entries in the union check registry to conceal his thefts and making false statements to federal investigators.