Former Seattle Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Tara Mullins committed theft, but at least she was quick to recognize the error of her ways.  On January 15, the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild ex-bookkeeper pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling almost $42,000 from the organization.  A resident of the Seattle suburb of Renton, Wash., Mullins had been indicted for forging the guild officer’s name onto checks from an employee benefit plan, depositing them into a personal account and then transferring the money into a PayPal account.  She admitted to engaging in the thefts for almost a year.


Mullins, 37, was charged with embezzlement shortly after being fired in November 2005.  She faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Such punishment would seem unwarranted, given that in addition to pleading guilty, she has paid the court $77,000 to cover full restitution and guild auditing expenses. 

Illinois President Re-Elected Despite Kickback Accusation

The word of Bill Dugan proved more believable than that of his accusers – at least to most members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.  Dugan on August 25 was re-elected to his eighth term as president and business manager of the suburban Chicago local in the face of allegations from about 125 members that he’d been accepting monthly kickbacks of $100 each.  Receiving 61 percent of the vote, Dugan denied wrongdoing, insisting that a lawsuit filed earlier this year by dissenters against him was politically motivated.  Still, the lawsuit remains in force, which suggests that the dissenters, led by challenger Joe Ward, might have a point or two.  The 22,000-member Local 150, based in Countryside, Ill., represents operators of cranes, backhoes, bulldozers and other equipment in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.  (Chicago Tribune, 8/28/07).  


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