Sylacauga Woman Faces 10 years for Embezzlement

A woman faces 10 years in prison for embezzlement. A Sylacauga woman is indicted by a federal grand jury for embezzling more than 23-thousand dollars from a construction trades union local based in Irondale. The 20-count indictment, filed in U-S District Court, charges Michelle Clifton with embezzling from International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Local 78, where she worked as office manager and bookkeeper. According to the indictment, Clifton carried out the theft between December 2012 and September 2013 by forging 17 checks drawn on union accounts. The indictment also charges Clifton with making false statements to Labor Department investigators, claiming a business manager at the union office had directed her to forge the checks and alter union records to hide the payments.


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