Michigan Treasurer Gets 18 Months for $152,700 Theft

U.S. Dist. Judge David M. Lawson (E.D. Mich., Clinton) sentenced union embezzler Tamara Miller Oct. 22 to 18 months in federal prison and ordered her to pay $152,724 in restitution. The ex-treasurer stole the funds from United Ass’n of Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local 85 in Saginaw, Mich. Miller pled guilty on June 29. Lawson also ordered Miller  to serve 36 months of supervised release after prison plus pay a $100 fee.

Miller reportedly spent the money on her family. Local bosses became suspicious in Aug. 2000. When Miller went on vacation, they inspected the books and found a discrepancy. Miller and Local 85 president Scott Garrison started at the local 20 years ago. “She was like family, and everybody trusted her,” he said. “It was a bad deal, and it broke a lot of hearts.” [Saginaw (Mich.) News 10/25/01; USAO E.D. Mich. 10/23/01]

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