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Oregon Woman Pleads Guilty to Union Embezzlement

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – An Oregon woman, formerly of Middleborough, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to embezzling nearly $40,000 from a labor union.

Andrea Anderson, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from a labor union. U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris scheduled sentencing for Feb. 27, 2024. Anderson was charged on Sept. 6, 2023. 

From approximately 2013 through July 2022, Anderson worked as a part-time administrative employee of the Brotherhood of Shoe and Allied Craftsman (BSAC), whose union office was located inside the garage of Anderson’s father’s residence in Lakeville. Anderson’s duties included signing checks, secretarial work and paying bills. Additionally, Anderson was a signatory on the union bank account, signed and prepared checks and had a union debit card. During her tenure working for BSAC, Anderson embezzled a total of $39,169 from the union. She repaid BSAC some $8,000 leaving a loss to BSAC of $30,316.

The charge of labor embezzlement provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison,  up to two years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Jonathan Russo, District Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura J. Kaplan of the Criminal Division is prosecuting the case. 

Updated October 31, 2023