Firefighters Ex-President in Missouri Arrested for Embezzlement

Given his situation, Scott Peterson didn’t have any other option. So, he admitted what he did and resigned. On February 19, Peterson, formerly treasurer and then president of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2945, was arrested by Callaway County (Mo.) sheriff’s deputies for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the Fulton-based union. The prosecutor’s office in neighboring Boone County, Mo. filed a felony charge on February 24. Peterson already had admitted to his thefts. He resigned as union president during an internal investigation and then resigned from his regular job with the City of Fulton fire department following his arrest. He is set for arraignment this Friday.

According to court records, Peterson, now 47, a resident of Fulton, had been facing financial difficulties and turned to stealing. He admitted to conducting 130 fraudulent transactions totaling $22,622.47. The true total may have been more. Union officials told the Callaway … Read More ➡

Fire Fighters Treasurer in Wisconsin Sentenced for Embezzlement

On November 14, 2019, William Drath, former treasurer of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 487, was sentenced in Eau Claire (Wisconsin) County Court to three years of probation and 480 hours of community service for embezzling more than $18,000 from the Eau Claire union over a six-year period. He had pleaded guilty that August following a complaint filed by his successor with local police. Drath had retired from the Eau Claire fire department shortly after the discovery of the thefts.… Read More ➡

Fire Fighters Union Boss Schaitberger Accused of Skimming $6M

Harold Schaitberger (in photo), longtime head of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), has a reputation for wielding unchallenged power. But that power soon may dissipate in the wake of a memo prepared by the union’s number-two man. On March 20, IAFF Secretary-Treasurer Edward Kelly circulated a 105-page internal memorandum accusing Schaitberger and Kelly predecessor Thomas Miller of misusing or outright stealing about $6 million in union funds, especially pension assets. The memo, which followed an outside audit, also accuses Schaitberger of concealing these losses from the union executive board. Schaitberger disputes the charges, calling them “reckless and destructive.” But the IRS, the Department of Labor and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are conducting a probe that may conclude otherwise.

The International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents more than 300,000 firefighters in the U.S. and Canada, is a very influential public-sector union. And Harold Schaitberger is a big reason … Read More ➡