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Date: 04-18-2019

Case Style:

United States of America v. Theodore Eric Watson

Case Number: 4:18-cr-00264-JAJ-CFB

Judge: Celeste F. Bremer

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa (Polk County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Debra L. Scorpiniti

Defendant's Attorney: J. Keith Riggs

Description:




Des Moines, IA - Des Moines Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding United Way of Central Iowa and Embezzling from a Labor Union

Theodore Eric Watson, age 54, of Des Moines, Iowa, appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer and entered guilty pleas to Mail Fraud and Embezzlement of Labor Union Assets.

Watson admitted from 2007 until September 2016, while employed as the Business Manager for Local 74 of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (AFL-CIO), he sent fraudulent requests for payment of grant funds for training adults to the United Way of Central Iowa. These fraudulent requests were unauthorized and unknown to Local 74. In one such circumstance, Watson obtained a check in the mail from United Way for $19,000 that Watson converted for his personal use.

Watson also admitted to embezzling from Local 74 by making unauthorized purchases and cash advances on a Local 74 credit card and then concealing the fraud by submitting altered credit card statements and false monthly reports to Local 74. Watson additionally opened a bank account in the name of Local 74, without Local 74’s consent or knowledge. From December 2013 through January 2016, Watson deposited Local 74 funds into this account, but used the money for his own purposes.

Watson faces up to 20 years imprisonment for mail fraud and up to five years imprisonment for embezzlement from the union. The Court will determine the restitution amount at sentencing. Sentencing is presently scheduled for August 23, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. before United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey at the Des Moines Federal Courthouse.

This matter was investigated by the United States Department of Labor–Management Standards. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Charges:


FRAUDS AND SWINDLES 18:1341 Mail Fraud
(1)
FRAUDS AND SWINDLES 18:1341 Mail Fraud
(2)
EMBEZZLEMENT OF ASSETS: PENALTY 29:501(c) Embezzlement and Theft of Labor Union Assets
(3)
STATEMENTS OR ENTRIES GENERALLY 18:1001(a)(2) False Statement
(4)

Outcome: 04/15/2019 24 ORDER FOR PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATION as to Theodore Eric Watson. See Order for particulars. Signed by Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer on 4/15/2019. (mel) (Entered: 04/15/2019)
04/15/2019 23 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION CONCERNING PLEA OF GUILTY as to Theodore Eric Watson by Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer. Objections to R&R due by 4/29/2019. Signed by Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer on 4/15/2019. (mel) (Entered: 04/15/2019)
04/15/2019 22 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Theodore Eric Watson. (mel) (Entered: 04/15/2019)
04/15/2019 21 NOTICE AND CONSENT RE ENTRY OF PLEA OF GUILTY as to Theodore Eric Watson. (mel) (Entered: 04/15/2019)
04/15/2019 20 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer: Change of Plea Hearing as to Theodore Eric Watson held on 4/15/2019. Sentencing set for 8/23/2019 at 10:30 AM in Des Moines - Room 265 - 2nd Floor before Chief Judge John A. Jarvey. (Court Reporter Terri Martin.) (mel) (Entered: 04/15/2019)

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