Union Official Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement From Plumbers Union Local 101
Bill Adrian, 55, of Belleville, IL, plead guilty in federal court to embezzlement and theft from
a labor union and to theft from an employee pension or welfare benefit plan, the United States
Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.
Adrian was employed from 1998, through early 2012, by the Plumbers Union Local 101,
located in Belleville, Illinois, as their Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer. Adrian admitted, as
part of the plea, that as part of his scheme to defraud, he expended Union funds for payment of
personal purchases unrelated to the Union or Employee Benefit Plans. Adrian also admitted that in
order to further conceal the embezzlement and the use of union funds for personal purchases, he
submitted false annual financial reports, called LM 2's to the Department of Labor.
At his sentencing, currently set for September 10, 2012, in East St. Louis, Adrian faces up
to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $10,000 on each of the
The investigation was handled by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Employee Benefit Security Administration and the Office of Labor Management Standards.
The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Norman Smith.