Judge Garrett E. Brown

Kansas City Boss Pleads Guilty to Cover Up

Max E. Biggerstaff, ex-secretary-treasurer of Int'l Ass'n of Fire Fighters Local I-34 in Kansas City, pled guilty Nov. 29 to falsifying union records to conceal embezzlements by him and the local's ex-president. In Aug. 2000, Roger L. Mathisen pled guilty to embezzling $18,404 while president from 1996-98. The embezzlement was uncovered after the local inquired into his financial dealings.

Biggerstaff acknowledged that he had prepared a document in Apr. 1998 that falsely showed that Mathisen had received a $2,159 loan from the local. Mathisen had, in fact, embezzled the funds. Biggerstaff also admitted that he embezzled $2,478 when he was reimbursed for unauthorized mileage, travel and meeting expenses. Biggerstaff was secretary-treasurer from 1995 to 1998. [K.C. Star 11/30/00]

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