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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Former Yuba City Plumbers Union Business Manager and His Wife Sentenced for Misappropriation of Labor Union Funds

Friday, May 17, 2013

Docket #: 2:09-CR-0170-GEB



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. sentenced a union manager and his wife today for misappropriation of funds, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of the Inspector General, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Robert L. Carr, 58, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and Theresa Ann Carr, 55, to three months in prison. Both Carrs were ordered to pay $120,000 restitution to Local Union No. 228, United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO of Yuba City, based on their previous convictions for conspiring to misappropriate labor union funds and two counts of misappropriating labor union funds. Before imposing sentence, Judge Burrell noted, and Robert Carr admitted, that he had lied to the court during the hearing when Robert Carr pleaded guilty.

According to their plea agreements, Robert Carr was the Financial Secretary-Treasurer and Business Manager of the Plumbers Union and Theresa Ann Carr worked at various times as an employee for the union. By virtue of his offices and employment by the union, Robert Carr had access to the Plumbers Union's checking accounts and credit cards and misused both the checking account and credit cards causing at least $120,000 in losses to the union. According to court documents, between January 2000 and May 20, 2009, the Carrs wrote checks for numerous unauthorized salary advances, bonuses, and fictitious reimbursements to themselves. They also unlawfully used the Plumbers Union checks and credit cards to pay for goods and services for their personal benefit and the benefit of their family, such as clothing, sporting goods, fishing equipment and supplies, jewelry, shoes, meals, lingerie, lodging, and concert tickets.



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