Mary Love and Danna France knew the value of teamwork – at least when it came to embezzling from their union. Their combined take came to around $70,000. Love, 51, a resident of northwest suburban St. Louis, during October 1998-December 2005 served as president of Local 96 of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents workers at the Jefferson Barracks and John Cochran VA hospitals. During that time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged, she diverted more than $43,000 in union checks toward personal use. On November 15, a federal jury convicted Love of theft and filing false records. For her part, France, 42, who pleaded guilty in October, stole more than $26,000. France is due for sentencing in January; Love is due in February. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/17/06).
Chicago-Area Business Manager Sentenced for Stealing
On November 8, Andrea Stack, former business manager for Local 1199 of the International Union of Electronic Workers, was sentenced in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois to five years probation with six months detention for her theft of $66,045 in union funds. The sentencing follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. IUE Local 1199 is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America. (OLMS, 11/22/06).
Office Manager for Duluth Local Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
On November 9, Kathryn Stark, former office manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 31, pled guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to embezzling $50,377 in union funds during the period 1993-2004. The guilty plea comes after an investigation by the Department of Labor. Local 31 represents utility workers in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. (OLMS, 11/22/06).
Financial Secretary in Minnesota Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
On November 7, Timothy Pulvermacher, former financial secretary for Local 9444 of the United Steelworkers of America, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to embezzling $29,062 in union funds. (OLMS, 11/22/06).
Pittsburgh-Area Financial Secretary Sentenced for Theft
On November 13, Lawrence McGown, former financial secretary for Local 02-74 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for embezzling local funds. He was ordered to serve two years probation, and pay $7,041.95 in restitution, a $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment. (OLMS, 11/22/06).
Kansas City, Mo. Secretary Charged with Making False Entries
On October 30, Allison Cole, ex-office secretary for the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 30, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, with making false entries in union records. The local is based in Kansas City, Mo. (OLMS, 11/22/06).
Kansas City-Area President Charged with False Record-Keeping
On November 6, Bernard Johnson, former president of Postal Mail Handlers Local 297, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri with one count of making false entries in union records. The local is located in Raytown, Mo., a suburb of Kansas City. (OLMS, 11/22/06).
Pennsylvania Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
On October 23, Sally Ann Hollis, former bookkeeper for Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 112, pled guilty in federal court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to one count of embezzling over $20,000 in union funds. She had been indicted in September. The Harrisburg, Pa.-based union represents nurses and other employees at various Pennsylvania hospitals. (OLMS, 11/22/06).