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Minnesota Union Boss Charged With Embezzlement

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A Minnesota union boss was charged with embezzlement and theft Friday for allegedly misappropriating thousands of dollars in membership funds for personal use.

International Association of Heat ad Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 34 represents 458 workers in the state. Scot McNamara served as the financial secretary of the union between December 2007 and December 2012. He allegedly used union funds to illegal buy personal items like gas and plane tickets, reports the local affiliate of CBS News.

McNamara reportedly scammed his union in two different ways according to documents submitted in 2011. He would use reward items from a credit card he was given for union expenses while also submitting misleading information on reimbursement costs. McNamara requested and received $3,087.84 in reimbursement for a training seminar even though expenses were already paid.

Federal investigators constantly work with local agencies to uncover and stop union corruption. Fraud and corruption within the labor movement is a problem the agency routinely investigates. The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) indicted 100 separate cases of union corruption in 2014 alone.

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