Denise Crear pled no contest to embezzling more than $264,000 from the North. Wisc. RegionalCouncil of Carpenters on Aug. 16.Crear entered her plea before Outagamie County Circuit Judge John Des Jardins, who scheduled sentencing for Oct. 6.Crerar was originally charged with 26 counts of embezzlement for taking money over a three-year period while she was employed at the regional council.During that time period she wrote about 200 checks to herself and created vendor receipts for the amounts to cover her tracks.To sign the checks, she would forge signatures or use a signature stamp.According to Asst. Dist. Attny. Angela Boelter, prosecutors will seek a 10-year prison sentence as well as five years of extended supervision and restitution for Crerar. [Appleton Post-Crescent, 8/17/04]
On June 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Lynn Dianne Kittelson, former secretary for Teamsters Local 142, pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union records. She was subsequently sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to undergo monthly drug testing. On January 30, 2004, an information was filed against Kittelson following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. [Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards, 6/28/04]
The U.S. Dept. of Labor has received evidence that a union member embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from a Corvallis union, possibly with the knowledge of local officials.Officials with the United Bhd. of Carpenters suspended the hierarchy of Local 1094 in Feb. of this yr., after a local officer contacted the Intl., and began an investigation.Once their audit was completed, UBC officials turned over their findings to the DOL, which is now conducting its own investigation.According to the UBC auditors, tens of thousands of dollars in membership dues are missing.Michael V. Draper, Vice-Pres.