Former labor union bookkeeper receives probation for embezzlement


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Posted Online: March 07, 2014, 7:26 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
The former bookkeeper for the Quad-Cities local of a national labor union was sentenced Friday to three years of probation for embezzling about $12,000 of union funds.

As a condition of her probation, Melissa Ann Gustafson, 37, of Moline, must serve three months of home confinement and three months of curfew, by order of Chief Judge James E. Shadid.

Ms. Gustafson was accused of swindling money and other assets between June 2008 and June 2011 while employed at the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers - Communication Workers of America, Local 84110.

The union has branches in Moline and Davenport, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

On Aug. 16, Ms. Gustafson entered a plea of guilty to embezzlement, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

The case was filed in the U.S. District Court in Rock Island, but sentencing was held in Peoria. Clerks from the Peoria office said no restitution order was entered because attorneys reported the funds had been repaid.

















 




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