[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There is a new scandal involving the VA system, and it is coming out of Alabama. Stephanie Hicks, former president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 2207, was arrested on March 11 for embezzlement.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Accused of writing checks from union funds to the tune of $132,000, Hicks was indicted in February by a grand jury and charged with eight bank fraud, eight forgery, and three identity theft counts. The 43-year old Hicks is facing a 19 count indictment and allegations that she “made a series of unauthorized transactions from the union’s two bank accounts in order to benefit herself.”
Hicks not only allegedly wrote checks for business trips that never took place, she also forged the names of union officers and members and made unauthorized debit card purchases. She also made unauthorized cash withdrawals. In an attempt to not get caught, Hicks failed to record these financial transactions in the union’s financial records.
U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said, “Union members elect officials to represent them and protect their interests. A labor union official who chooses, instead, to live the high life by stealing from local members has committed a crime and should prepare to go to prison.”
She faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and numerous fines if convicted.
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