Former union treasurer sentenced to prison for embezzlement

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A former treasurer of Local 900 of the Federal Independent Texas Union (FITU) was recently ordered to serve a 21-month prison sentence for embezzling $164,268 in union funds. The FITU represents employees at Lockheed Aerospace Corp. in Fort Worth.

Judy A. Thurman was treasurer of Local 900 from August 2003 until she left her job at Lockheed in May 2005. Thurman pleaded guilty on Aug. 31 to one count of embezzlement of union funds following an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Judge John McBryde, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, ordered Thurman to begin serving her sentence on Jan. 17. Thurman also was ordered to make full restitution of $139,268 to the union and $25,000 to Ohio Casualty Insurance Co. of Hamilton, OH. Her sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.

Advice: Your organization needs mechanisms in place to prevent workplace theft. Don’t allow one person to have sole control over accounts. One of the prime warning signs that an employee may be up to fiscal no good: An ultra-reliable employee who never takes a day off—come illness or vacation season—may have something to hide.

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