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, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.