Albany, N.Y.-Area Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Carol Bruno was treasurer of New York’s largest state and local government workers union.  Unfortunately, she used her position to steal from the union treasury.  On Wednesday, January 7, Bruno, 53, an administrative assistant with the state Department of Health, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Albany to one count of embezzling from Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Region IV, also known as Local 1000 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  A grand jury had indicted her this past October.


According to court documents, Bruno, beginning in March 2004 and continuing for about two years, embezzled approximately $40,000 from CSEA accounts until certain persons within her union discovered the thefts and alerted law enforcement authorities.  The indictment indicated thefts of slightly over $16,000.  Bruno was expelled from both her union and government positions in July 2007.  She

Ex-AFGE Treasurer in Washington State Sentenced for Embezzlement

On October 6, Karimah Bailey, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3197 in Seattle, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to a year and a day in jail plus three years of supervised release for embezzling funds and making false entries on the union’s annual financial reporting form.  Bailey, who pleaded guilty in April, also will have to pay restitution in the amount of $98,802.17.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (OLMS, 10/20/08).      


Los Angeles Local Office Manager Charged with Embezzlement

On September 26, Teresa Cora Luna, former bookkeeper/office manager of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 504 in Los Angeles, was charged in federal court for embezzling $67,416 in union funds during the period November 2004-June 2005.  The charge follows a