Union leader faces charges
The former business manager of a union local is accused of embezzlement.
Teresa Adkins, 46, Green Bay, is charged with felony theft in a business setting and nine felony counts of forgery.
From April 12, 2013, until she was removed on Feb. 16, 2015, Adkins was the business manager for Heat and Frost Insulators Local 127.
Headquartered in Clintonville, Local 127 has more than 80 active members and 16 apprentices throughout Wisconsin and upper Michigan.
An investigation by the Office of Labor-Management Standards reported nine payments were issued using the local’s bank card between March 2014 and October 2014.
According to the criminal complaint, the checks were endorsed by the former business manager without his knowledge, then deposited into an account belonging to Adkins’ daughter. The checks totaled $14,234.
Union officials also learned Adkins made a total of $22,451 in unauthorized charges on the union bank card.
“Further, the defendant, utilizing her position and access to union funds to appropriate various amounts of money for her own purposes ranging from reimbursing herself for unperformed services and utilizing a union charge card for personal purchases for both goods and services,” the complaint says. “All of this was done without union authorization and was beyond her authority.”
According to records of the U.S. Department of Labor, Adkins was paid a gross salary of $62,967 and $66,606 in “other compensation” in 2015.
Local 127 financial records also indicate $66,606 in loans receivable, with the terms of repayment to be determined. The records say the loan was unauthorized and to Adkins.