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January 13, 2011
Ex-Official accused of padding union salary
Source: Post-Tribune
By: Teresa Auch Schultz

The former secretary of United Steelworkers Local 1011 in East Chicago was indicted in U.S. District Court on Wednesday for allegedly padding his union salary by more than $20,000.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney's office for Northern Indiana said that Jesse Daniels, 69, of Chicago, was charged with theft of union funds. A copy of the indictment was not available as of Wednesday evening.

According to the release, Daniels worked at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago until either 2009 to 2010, when he retired.

While he worked there, he served as financial secretary of Local 1011 from 1994 to 2009.

He received a salary of $500 a month for his work as financial secretary, but, according to the release, allegedly started to pay himself $1,000 a month in November 2005 without authority from union members. That went on until March 2009, the release says. At that rate, he would have paid himself an extra $20,500. The U.S. Department of Labor investigated the case.

A union representative could not be reached for comment.

The release didn't say if Daniels has been arrested or appeared for his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Hammond.



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