Union bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement
BY TERESA AUCH SCHULTZ firstname.lastname@example.org February 10, 2014 5:24PM
Updated: February 10, 2014 7:10PM
A Hammond woman will plead guilty to embezzling almost $10,000 from a local union.
According to Karen L. Stone’s plea agreement, filed in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Stone, 57, started working as a bookkeeper for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 374, based in Hammond, in 2008. Starting in 2011, Stone began using signature stamps to write herself nine checks. She also used the union’s computers to send herself 71 unauthorized extra weekly payments.
The plea agreement says the losses added up to $9,170.
Stone faces up to five years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds. Her agreement was filed Friday, the same day she was charged by information.