Sometimes a marriage can be a partnership in crime. That was the case of Scott and Nancy Alexander. On August 24, the husband and wife, respectively, ex-president and ex-office administrator for International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 50, received identical sentences in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois of six months in prison and six months of home confinement, to be followed by three years of probation, for embezzlement and fraud against the Belleville, Ill.-based (near St. Louis) union. They also were ordered to pay $44,576.04 in restitution and a $200 special assessment. The couple had pleaded guilty in May after being indicted in June 2017. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Labor Racketeering.
According to prosecutors, Scott and Nancy Alexander, Belleville residents ages 56 and 52, during January 2012-June 2016 engaged in a wide range of acts of theft from the local. These schemes included making unauthorized purchases with a union credit card, manipulating the payroll, collecting vacation pay while at work and receiving excessive auto allowance reimbursements. After receiving tips from within the union, the Department of Labor conducted a probe. The grand total of thefts was $66,855.33, of which a third was paid prior to sentencing.