Former labor union bookkeeper admits embezzlement

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A McLeansboro, Illinois woman pleaded guilty Friday stealing and embezzling funds from her local labor union, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said.

According to court documents, 53-year-old Carolyn Hall admitted that while she was the bookkeeper for Laborer’s Local 1197 she took $26,491 from payments for membership dues and used that money for personal expenses. The embezzlement occurred between July 2012 and February 2014.

Hall faces up five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release when she’s sentenced on December 1.