On Tuesday, it was announced that a Portsmouth, Virginia woman had pleaded guilty to her participation in an embezzlement scheme that nearly emptied an account used to help sick and distressed members of a local union. 39-year-old Tamika Bullock was appointed as the Secretary-Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 684 in September of 2015.

The union keeps money in a “sick and distressed” account. The account is primarily funded by voluntary contributions and the money is used to assist members who are sick or out of work. Between January of 2016 and October of 2016, Bullock embezzled $24,600 from the union. She stole more than $21,400 from the “sick and distressed” account.

Bullock used her position as the Secretary-Treasurer to file false statements about the union’s balance to conceal her actions. She often reported balances that were $15,000 higher than the actual balance. The $24,600 stolen was ultimately used for Bullock’s own personal benefit, including funding a cruise. The defendant pleaded guilty to embezzlement of funds from a labor organization.

Tamika Bullock is now scheduled to be sentenced on February 15, 2018. At the time of her sentencing, Bullock will face a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Additional details can be found here.

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