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 Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.