Minnesota Regional Official of Rail Union Pleads Guilty

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Locomotive trainCleveland headquarters isn't the only place at the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) where corruption seems to have occurred. On July 27, Cory Carroll, formerly secretary-treasurer of the union's Regional and Shortline General Committee of Adjustment, pleaded guilty in St. Paul federal court to embezzling $35,000 in BLET funds. He had been indicted in April. According to prosecutors, Carroll, now 39, a resident of Albert Lea, Minn., during February 2007-March 2009 illegally charged personal expenses to his union credit card and claimed lost wages for days in which he was not absent. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.