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May 17, 2011
Butte woman pleads guilty to embezzling from union
Source: The Montana Standard

A 57-year-old Butte woman has pleaded guilty to taking about $200,000 from a labor union to feed a gambling habit.

The Montana Standard reports Teresa Wilson pleaded guilty in federal court in Missoula Monday to labor union embezzlement, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors allege she took between $171,000 and $219,000 over six years from the Butte Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 41 and the Central Labor Council, which promotes organized labor throughout southwestern Montana.

Investigators found $100,210 in checks from Local 41 and $87,909 from its apprenticeship training fund were funneled into the Central Labor Council and then to Wilson. Bank records show $177,377 in Central Labor Council checks were deposited into her accounts along with $237,000 in cash that she maintained were gambling winnings.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 7.



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