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 Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.