A former bookkeeper for a local labor group has been indicted on a federal embezzlement charge for allegedly stealing $12,059.37 from the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Communication Workers of America, Local 84110.
Melissa Ann Gustafson, 36, of Moline, is scheduled for a court hearing Feb. 15 in the Rock Island branch of the U.S. District Court of Central Illinois.
She is accused of embezzling the money between June 2008 and June 2011 while working for the union, which has branches in Moline and Davenport, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine and court-ordered restitution, Assistant U.S. AttorneyJohn K. Mehochko said.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.