Brian Arnold, 48, was arrested and charged with one count of embezzlement for $33,224 and false entries in union records. Mr. Arnold served as Financial Secretary for the Steelworkers Local 104 in Elmira, New York, between September, 2015 and August, 2018. In his position he was responsible for collecting dues, recording receipts and disbursements, and keeping track of all of the union’s financial affairs.
These union dues happened to be collected through employer deduction, wherein the employer, Anchor Glass, disburses a weekly dues check to the union. The local had approximately 75 workers.
Arnold used the local’s debit care to make unauthorized purchases of phone equipment as well as at various sports venues, hotels and restaurants for his own personal use, and falsified records to cover up the unauthorized expenditures. Additionally he had sole access to the local’s bank records and checks.
There is a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $10,000 in fines for the crimes.
View Local 104’s LM-3 here.