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Union officer accused of embezzling must pay restitution

Updated: November 20, 2012 11:02AM



A former local union officer will avoid prison time and probation but has to pay more than $6,000 for embezzling money from the group.

According to records with the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Robert Lauermann, 66, must pay a restitution of $5,743 to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Division 682, based in Whiting. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.

Lauermann pleaded guilty in April to one count of lying about the use of expenses paid by the union. He actually paid the money to himself without any authorization, according to an information.

According to a sentencing memorandum, Lauermann, who retired from B&O Railroad in 2008, would be able to pay back the full restitution amount at his sentencing hearing Thursday, although it is unclear if he did.



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