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Ex-Teamsters union officials plead guilty to embezzlement and fraud

A husband and wife from Belleville have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their looting of a local Teamsters union fund.

scalesofjusticelogoScott Alexander, 56 and Nancy Alexander, 52, entered pleas of guilty to embezzlement and theft from a labor union and wire fraud, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald Boyce, announced Thursday. The offenses carry a possible sentence of up to 25 years in jail, a fine of up to $500,000 and mandatory restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 24.

As part of the plea, it was acknowledged that between January 1, 2012, and June 30, 2016, during the time Scott D. Alexander was President/Business Agent of the union Local 50 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and his wife Nancy L. Alexander was the Local’s office administrator, the Alexanders embezzled and converted Union funds by using the Union’s credit card to make personal purchases, manipulating their payroll withholdings in order to increase their net pay at the Local’s expense, receiving more vacation pay than earned, receiving salary while on vacation, and receiving additional auto allowance payments.

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

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