A former business manager of a Yuba City plumbers union and his wife were sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento for misappropriation of funds.
Robert L. Carr, 58, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and Theresa Ann Carr, 55, to three months in prison by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Both were also ordered to pay $120,000 restitution to Local Union No. 228, United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO of Yuba City, based on their previous convictions for conspiring to misappropriate labor union funds and two counts of misappropriating labor union funds.
According to their plea agreements, Robert Carr was the financial secretary-treasurer and business manager of the Plumbers Union and Theresa Carr worked at various times as an employee of the union. Because of his offices and employment with the union, Robert Carr had access to the Plumbers Union's checking accounts and credit cards. Authorities said he misused both the checking account and credit cards causing at least $120,000 in losses to the union.
According to court documents, between January 2000 and May 20, 2009, the Carrs wrote checks for numerous unauthorized salary advances, bonuses and fictitious reimbursement to themselves. They also unlawfully used the Plumbers Union checks and credit cards to pay for goods and services for their personal benefit and the benefit of their family, such as clothing, sporting goods, fishing equipment and supplies, jewelry, shoes, meals, lingerie, lodging and concert tickets.
The case resulted from an investigation by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards and office of the Inspectors General, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.