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Union bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement


From Illinois Business Journal news services

Carolyn Hall, 53, of McLeansboro, Ill., entered a plea of guilty to a one-count indictment that charged embezzlement and theft from a labor union, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Hall faces a prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years’ supervised release. Sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 1, 2015.

As part of the plea, Hall admitted that while she was the bookkeeper for Laborers’ Local 1197 she took $26,491 of cash receipts from members’ dues payments and used the funds for personal use. The thefts occurred from approximately July of 2012 and continued through approximately February of 2014. Laborers’ Local 1197 is part of the Laborers’ International Union of North America and is headquartered in McLeansboro. Laborers’ Local 1197 provides jobs, training, and benefits to members in 14 counties in Southern and Central Illinois.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, with the assistance of Laborers’ Local 1197. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.

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