UAW dues-embezzler gets wrist-slap

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A former United Auto Workers official was ordered to pay back more than $41,000 he admitted embezzling from the union. Norman K. Brown pleaded guilty in March in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne to a single charge of embezzlement. He was charged after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards’ district office in Pittsburgh.

Brown, the former bargaining committee chairman at UAW Local 2911 in Fort Wayne, admitted to stealing $41,478.35 from August 1999 to May 2005.

In a judgment issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Theresa Springmann sentenced Brown to two years’ probation, with the first six months to be served on home detention. He will need to make $41,478.35 in restitution to Zurich American Insurance Co., according to court documents.

Local 2911 represents workers at International Truck and Engine, according to the UAW’s Web site.


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