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, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.