Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tennessee Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling More Than $200K From Union

From the Lebanon-Democrat on 2/14/14:

An executive secretary for a union told investigators she stole more than $200,000 from the organization to lift her spirits, according to federal court records.

Reda Overton has struck a deal to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Tennessee to charges of embezzlement and theft of labor union assets.
According to the plea agreement, Overton stole just more than $206,000 from the Locomotive Engineers International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Committee of Adjustments, a labor union whose members include employees of Norfolk Southern Railway.
Overton worked as an executive secretary for the union, although the plea agreement does not indicate where in East Tennessee her office was located. Her thievery, according to records, spanned more than three years – from December 2008 to March 2012.
The plea agreement states Overton stole from the union by overpaying herself, transferring thousands of dollars at a time to her personal bank account.
Read the whole story here.
Update (11/11/2014): Overton has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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