Union Official Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling from Plumbers' Union Local 101
Bill Adrian, 55, of Belleville, IL, was sentenced to 366 days in prison, restitution of $102,572.78, a $200 special assessment, and three years supervised release for embezzlement and theft from a labor union, and 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 expended Union funds for payment of personal purchases unrelated to the Union or Employee Benefit Plans. Adrian also admitted that 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.
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 was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Norman Smith.