On September 20, U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk sentenced Brian Gerald, a 51-year-old man from Franklinton, Louisiana, to five years on probation and six months under house arrest for embezzling funds from a local labor union. U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans made the announcement. Additionally, the court compelled Gerald to reimburse $112,594.18 as restitution.

Court documents reveal that Gerald, who was the Financial Secretary for the United Steelworkers Local 13-189, managed the organization’s financial records, monitored its revenue, and handled IRS filings and reports.

He was also in charge of safeguarding the union’s debit card. Between January 2015 and September 2020, Gerald abused his position by making 493 ATM cash withdrawals with the card, accumulating $107,387.90 in cash and fees. He also paid for his personal expenses using the union’s debit card, totaling $36,589.41. In total, Gerald misused $143,977.31 of the union’s funds.

U.S. Attorney Evans commended the U.S. Department of Labor for their investigative efforts in this case. Assistant U.S Attorneys Rachal Cassagne from the Narcotics Unit and Troy Bell from the General Crimes Unit are leading the prosecution.