Former Southern Illinois labor union bookkeeper charged with embezzlement

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 53-year-old former Southern Illinois labor union bookkeeper is facing federal embezzlement charges.

Carolyn Hall, of McLeansboro, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in East St. Louis for embezzlement and theft from a labor union.

The indictment alleges that while Hall was the bookkeeper for Laborer’s Local 1197, part of the Laborer’s International Union of North America and from July of 2012 through February of 2014 she took $26,491 of cash receipts from members’ dues payments and used the funds for personal use.

Hall faces a prison sentence of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years’ supervised release if convicted of the charges.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, with the assistance of Laborer’s Local 1197. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.