Indiana Locomotive Engineers Secretary-Treasurer Indicted

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On April 7, Robert Lauermann, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Division 682, was indicted in Hammond, Indiana federal court on one count of embezzlement of union funds in an amount over $10,000. The alleged thefts occurred during May 2006-December 2009. The Whiting (Lake County)-based union represents engineers of the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.