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Friday, April 24, 2015

Houston Man Convicted Of Embezzling From Labor Union

HOUSTON – Henry Shuler, 65, of Houston, has admitted to stealing from United Transportation Union (UTU), Local 1982, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Shuler was the secretary/treasurer of UTU. 

Agents received information from an internal UTU International auditor that Shuler embezzled union funds by writing checks to Sam’s Club for personal items not authorized by the union. Further investigation by Department of Labor (DOL) investigators revealed Shuler also disguised some of the stolen funds as repayment of union dues to nonexistent members.

The total amount of union funds stolen is approximately $40,000 over the course of six years.

He is set for sentencing July 17, 2015, at which time he faces up to five years imprisonment and a possible $10,000 maximum fine.

The case was investigated by DOL-Office of Labor Management Standards. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Cook is prosecuting the case. 

Updated April 30, 2015