Saturday, April 6, 2013

Maryland Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $502K From Union

Churchton woman pleads guilty to embezzlement

By ALLISON BOURG | Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 6:30 pm

BALTIMORE - A Churchton woman pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to embezzlement from a labor union, in connection with a scheme to steal at least $200,000 from the union’s political action committee.

Cora Carper, 32, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. As part of her plea agreement, Carper will be required to pay restitution in the full amount of the victims' losses, which will be determined at her sentencing June 4.

Carper was a secretary with the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, assigned to perform clerical tasks associated with the operation of the Insulators Political Action Committee fund. The union is based in Prince George's County.

According to the plea agreement, between June 2009 and February 2011, Carper printed more than 300 checks totaling $502,586.

Carper made false entries in the computerized ledger indicating that the checks were written for donations to political candidates, expense reimbursements or expenses for conferences. The checks were made payable to cash, cashed by Carper and then used for her personal benefit.

From the Capital Gazette

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