Frmr. Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty in Wisc. State Court

Denise Crear pled no contest to embezzling more than $264,000 from the North. Wisc. Regional Council 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]


Son of Frmr. N.Y. Union Chief Indicted

The son of union kingpin Edward Doyle Sr.

Frmr. Secy. Confesses Falsification in Indiana Fed. Court

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]


Ex-Treasurer Sentenced in Miss. Fed. Court

On June 17, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Paul B. Ladner, former treasurer of Stage & Picture Operators (IATSE) Local 674, was sentenced to six months home confinement under the electronic monitoring device program followed by three years probation for failing to maintain union records. He was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $7,162.50 and

DOL Receives Evidence of Embezzlement from Oregon Union

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. of the UBC Western Region, said that a single non-officer is suspected of the theft, but possibly with the knowledge of local 1094 officials. [Corvallis Gazette-Times, 3/17/04, 4/23/04]


Ex-President Charged with Embezzlement in Miss. Fed. Court

On April 6, 2004, in the