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Former Union Leader: Yes, I Did It. All of It.

Gary Jones admits to embezzling from the United Auto Workers Union

(Newser) - Gary Jones has confessed to embezzling over $1 million from rank-and-file members of the United Auto Workers Union, the New York Times reports. The former UAW president pleaded guilty Wednesday and admitted to skimming money for various personal expenses including golf outings, pricey meals, vacation rentals, liquor, and clothing. Prosecutors... More »

The Ballet School Was Missing $1.5M. The Story Gets Stranger

A convicted embezzler is again at the center of a financial mess

(Newser) - They gave her a second chance. Bad idea, perhaps. The New York Times reports on the financial mess the elite Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, finds itself in: As the paper puts it, the school is "recovering from one of the bigger embezzlement scandals in the history... More »

'They Had a Great Marriage.' Now a Murder Charge

Idaho woman charged with killing hubby as embezzlement allegations came to light

(Newser) - She said her husband fell overboard while the couple were taking in the sunrise from the middle of a chilly Idaho lake on Feb. 13, 2018. Two years later, police say Lori Isenberg in fact killed her husband, Larry, on the same day she was accused of embezzling $500,000... More »

Church Volunteer Allegedly Stole Half a Million Dollars

Taisha Smith-DeJoseph allegedly used embezzled money to pay for her wedding

(Newser) - Weddings aren't cheap—unless someone else is footing the bill. New Jersey authorities allege that very arrangement played out in the case of Taisha Smith-DeJoseph, who they say embezzled $561,777 from the church whose finances she oversaw as a volunteer, per a press release . The 43-year-old has been... More »

Cops: Mayor Embezzled From His Own Grandmother

Tennessee's Chris Jones allegedly stole $394K while she had dementia

(Newser) - The mayor of a Tennessee town is behind bars, where he could remain for the next 25 years. Mount Carmel's Chris Jones was arrested Monday, days after he was indicted on charges of stealing nearly $400,000 from his grandmother, who suffered from dementia in the year before she... More »

Bad News for United Auto Workers President

The feds accuse Gary Jones of embezzlement

(Newser) - The president of United Auto Workers has stepped aside while a federal embezzlement probe closes in on him, the Wall Street Journal reports. Gary Jones took a leave of absence—paid leave, in other words—only days after a top aide was formally charged. But the charge against Edward Robinson,... More »

School: Nuns Used 'Forgotten' Account, Stole Up to $500K

St. James Catholic School in Torrance, Calif., says it's not pressing charges

(Newser) - It wasn't a noteworthy request, but what it helped reveal was significant: A family asked for a copy of a check they had paid to a California Catholic school. But when the staff at St. James Catholic School in Torrance retrieved it, they realized it had been deposited into... More »

Jailed Banker's Wife Could Be Forced to Join Him

Zamira Hajiyeva fighting extradition to Azerbaijan over embezzlement allegations

(Newser) - A woman from Azerbaijan whose fortune has been targeted by British authorities under anti-corruption laws was freed on bail Thursday while she battles extradition to her homeland over embezzlement allegations. Zamira Hajiyeva is the first person to be subject to an Unexplained Wealth Order, a measure introduced this year in... More »

Cops: Volunteer Stole $88K From Girl Scouts, Cancer Center

Patricia Cascione was a volunteer treasurer for the scouts

(Newser) - Authorities on Wednesday said they arrested a California woman for allegedly embezzling more than $88,000 from two non-profit organizations. Patricia Cascione was arrested Monday at her Santa Clarita home, CBS reports, in the culmination of a 15-month investigation that began when the Girl Scouts approached the LA County Sheriff'... More »

Rick Gates Admits Affair During Cross-Examination

He says it's possible he stole from Trump inauguration committee

(Newser) - There were more bombshells as Rick Gates' testimony in Paul Manafort's trial continued Tuesday, with the former Trump campaign chairman's defense team attacking the credibility of his erstwhile right-hand man. Gates, who has already admitted embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort, confessed to an extra-marital affair... More »

Manafort's Right-Hand Man: I Stole From Manafort, Too

Rick Gates testifies against former partner

(Newser) - The star prosecution witness in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort testified Monday that he concealed millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts on Manafort's behalf and falsified documents to help his former boss obtain millions of dollars more in bank loans. Rick Gates also admitted he embezzled... More »

Cops Find Big Clue in Ceiling of Alleged Crooked Priest

Police discover $63K stashed in the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle's ceiling

(Newser) - A Catholic priest is charged with embezzling more than $5 million from his Michigan parish—and on Tuesday, police say they found $63,392 in cash above ceiling tiles in his basement. The Rev. Jonathan Wehrle was charged with six counts of embezzlement last year after a diocese-ordered audit found... More »

Fight Club Author Learns Why He's Going Broke, Apologizes

Chuck Palahniuk was going broke, but not for the reasons he suspected

(Newser) - Strange as it sounds, novelist Chuck Palahniuk apologized and expressed gratitude after learning he's been cheated. The Fight Club author blogged this week that his dwindling income can be attributed to an alleged embezzler at his literary agency who's accused of stealing millions, TorrentFreak reports. "I apologize... More »

After Lunch Lady's Death, Major Theft Is Uncovered

Authorities say school system employee embezzled more than $260K

(Newser) - Lenora Williams was, as Roanoke.com puts it, "something of an institution" in Radford, Va., where she had been the school system's director of food services for years before dying late last year at age 61. After her death, students remembered her kindness and school employees praised her... More »

Catalan Leaders in Crosshairs After Independence Push

Spain is looking to bring Carles Puigdemont, others up on rebellion, sedition, embezzlement charges

(Newser) - Spain's state prosecutor says it's seeking charges of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement for members of the ousted Catalan Cabinet and the governing body of the regional parliament that allowed a vote to declare independence last week. The crimes can be punished, respectively, with up to 30, 15, and... More »

Cashier Managed to Embezzle $13M From Employer

Cynthia Mills gets 8 years for steering money into her own accounts

(Newser) - A cashier in Pennsylvania convicted of stealing nearly $13 million from the monuments and engraving firm where she worked has been sentenced to 8 years and 4 months in prison, per the AP . Cynthia Mills, 56, took the money from Matthews International Corp. from 1999 to 2015. She pleaded guilty... More »

Man Collects 50 BMWs but Loses Wife, Kids, and Freedom

Inside a strange addiction to German automotive engineering

(Newser) - Terrance's addiction cost him his family, job, and home. But it wasn't a need for drugs, or alcohol, or gambling that landed the Colorado accountant in a psychiatric hospital and high-security prison; it was an addiction to BMWs, Jalopnik reports in an unbelievable piece on the incredible lure... More »

Judge One-Ups Prosecutors in Sentencing Alanis' Manager

Jonathan Schwartz gets 6 years for embezzling, instead of 5 they sought

(Newser) - The business manager who stole millions from Alanis Morissette is going to prison. A judge in Los Angeles sentenced Jonathan Schwartz on Wednesday to six years, longer than prosecutors had sought, reports the AP . "I will spend the rest of my life asking for forgiveness," said Schwartz, who... More »

Officials: Ex-City Worker Stole $3.7M From Parking Tix, Fees

Prosecutors say former Compton deputy treasurer embezzled over 6-year period

(Newser) - On any given day on the job as Compton's deputy treasurer, Salvador Galvan quietly lopped between $200 and $8,000 off the top of municipal fees he collected for the California city, prosecutors say, per the Los Angeles Times . He wasn't busted until December, after a co-worker saw... More »

'Trial of the Century' Begins in S. Korea

It'll be fierce, if first hearing is any indication

(Newser) - The "trial of the century" has begun in South Korea, where a vice chairman at Samsung Electronics faces bribery and embezzlement charges after allegedly giving $36 million to President Park Geun-hye and her close friend Choi Soon-sil in order to win government support for a 2015 merger. Lee Jae-Yong,... More »

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