6/29/08

Steelworkers' dues embezzler pleads guilty

Union coffers make easy pickings

A former union official is to be sentenced in federal court Oct. 2 after she pleaded guilty Friday to embezzlement. Betty Wing, 42, of Ann Arbor, admitted to stealing about $6,600 in 2003 and 2004 while she was secretary-treasurer of the United Steelworkers of America Local 1077, which was formerly the United Paperworkers International Union Local 1077.

Wing paid herself for activities she falsely claimed to have performed on behalf of the union and added digits to existing checks to increase the amount she was paid, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release.

Wing, who was represented by the Federal Defender Office, faces up to six months in prison when she is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow.

"Union members have a legitimate expectation that their leaders will not operate with their hands on the till," U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy said in a prepared statement.

(detnews.com)

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