Former Detroit-area union treasurer charged, accused of embezzling close to $50Okay

DETROIT – A Detroit woman was charged after she was accused of stealing money from the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO office and Laborers International Hall of Fame (LIHOF).

According to Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, 61-year-old Cathy Long has been charged with embezzlement by an agent or trustee on two counts – $ 20,000 or more but less than $ 50,000, three cases of utterance and disclosure using a computer to commit a crime and theft of $ 20,000 or more.

Prosecutors said Long served as treasurer of the AFL-CIO office of Metro Detroit and LIHOF and allegedly embezzled nearly $ 50,000.

A financial review of the accounting records in July 2018 revealed that several unauthorized payments had been made to Long over the years.

Prosecutors said that in 2018, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO and LIHOF officials reported embezzlement to the Wayne County Sheriff’s office, which led to an investigation. An investigation alleged that between March 2015 and July 2018, Long “used her position as treasurer to forge an accounting computer program and forge the names of authorized signers on checks and manufacturing documents to create the appearance of legitimate expenses.”

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“The money trail always speaks. It always surprises me how hubris are suspected embezzlers, ”said prosecutor Kym Worthy. “The evidence in this case will show that this trustworthy defendant has consistently helped herself large chunks of money that she was unable to steal.”

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