Insulators Secretary in Minnesota Sentenced for Embezzlement

On March 29, Scot McNamara, former financial secretary for International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 34, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to four months of house arrest and two years of probation for embezzling $8,871 in funds from the St. Paul union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution, plus a $3,000 fine, a $100 special assessment and a $4,000 reimbursement to the Treasury Department for the cost of legal representation. McNamara pled guilty last December after being charged in July. Former local business manager Keith Christopherson also had been convicted of embezzlement in that case. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Twin Cities Insulators Business Manager Sentenced for Embezzlement

On January 30, Keith Christopherson, former business manager for International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 34, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to four months of incarceration, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for embezzling funds from the St. Paul-based union.  He also was ordered to pay $67,714 in restitution and a $100 assessment.  Christopherson had pleaded guilty in August to one count of embezzlement after being charged in an information in July with stealing the far lower figure of $2,081.  Former local financial secretary Scot McNamara also was charged in July; he pleaded guilty in December to embezzling $8,871.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Secretary of Minnesota Insulators Local Pleads Guilty

On December 9, Scot McNamara, former financial secretary for International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to one count of embezzlement of $8,871 in funds from the St. Paul-based union.  He had been indicted in July on four counts of embezzling $7,761.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Twin Cities-Area Insulators Secretary, Business Manager Charged

heat-and-frost-insulators_0Scot McNamara liked the Caribbean.  Unfortunately, his travel there didn’t have anything to do with union business.  On July 20, McNamara, former financial secretary for International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 34, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on four counts of embezzling a combined $7,761 in funds from the St. Paul-based union.  On the following day, July 21, Keith Christopherson, former local business manager, was charged in a one-count information with embezzling $2,081 from the union, which represents about 450 workers.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

McNamara, now 56, a resident of Cottage Grove, Minn., served as Local 34 financial secretary from December 2007 to December 2012, when he lost his re-election bid.  According to federal prosecutors, he cashed in union-owned Visa reward points in exchange for personal expenses, including $1,900 in gasoline …