FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday - May 4, 2004
GREENVILLE - Acting United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that ANGELOUS W. LINEBACK pled guilty in federal court in Greenville on Monday, May 3, 2004, to embezzlement of labor union funds and making false entries in labor union financial records.
LINEBACK, 50, of 116 Roger Lane, King, N. C., was charged in a two-count criminal information filed by the United States Attorney's Office on February 12, 2004. The information alleged that between August 1998 and December 31, 2001, LINEBACK embezzled funds and made false entries in the financial records of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), Local No. 1050, Rocky Mount, N. C., a labor organization.
LINEBACK also was charged with five counts of embezzlement from RWDSU, Local No. 1052, Greensboro, N. C., during 1999, 2000, and 2001, in an indictment filed in the Middle District of North Carolina on September 23, 2003. He consented to the transfer of those charges to the Eastern District of North Carolina for disposition of his case here.
The investigation revealed that LINEBACK embezzled a total of $197,858.96 -- $182,443.60 from Local No. 1050 and $15,415.36 from Local No. 1052. He was employed as a Business Representative by the Southeast Council of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union from 1987 until he was terminated on December 31, 2001. LINEBACK's assigned area of responsibility included North Carolina and South Carolina.
U. S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard tentatively has scheduled sentencing for the September 7, 2004, term of court in Greenville. LINEBACK could receive a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a fine of $10,000.00, and a supervised release term of three years, for each embezzlement count. On the false entries count, he could receive a maximum of one year imprisonment, a fine of $10,000.00, and one year of supervised release. Also, LINEBACK will forfeit to the government any and all property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds he obtained directly or indirectly as a result of his offenses.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the U. S. Department of Labor. Assistant U. S. Attorney Yvonne V. Watford-McKinney, Branch Chief of the Greenville office, is prosecuting the case for the government.
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