HAMMOND | A Hammond woman was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to a year of probation after pleading guilty earlier this year to embezzling funds from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 374 in Hammond.
Karen L. Stone was ordered to pay $9,170 in restitution at a minimum rate of $100 per month.
Stone admitted in her plea agreement that beginning around May 11, 2007, she willfully embezzled and stole money from Local 374 for personal benefit and use, court records state.
Continuing through Sept. 30, 2011, Stone used the union’s computer system and signed checks and used signature stamps of Local 374 officers to take union funds for her personal use without knowledge or permission of her supervisors, court records state. She received proceeds from nine unauthorized checks and cashed them at the union’s local banks.
She then used the union’s computer payroll system to create 71 weekly salary payments directed to herself. She also transferred funds from the union’s bank accounts to her personal accounts using direct deposit.