7/8/08

Big House for Teamsters embezzler

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Justice meted out to dues thief

An ex-bookkeeper for a union that represents some Continental Airlines employees must serve 18 months in prison for theft. Prosecutors in Houston say 37-year-old Heather Lott was sentenced Monday. Lott, who in April pleaded guilty to embezzlement, must pay nearly $141,000 in restitution.

Investigators say Lott wrote more than 90 checks to herself, but in the union database she listed the payments as legitimate, such as for rent or to vendors.

Lott worked for Local 19 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 2003 until early 2006. An audit of 2005 payments turned up discrepancies.

About 2,300 workers, many with Houston-based Continental, make up Local 19.

(money.cnn.com)

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