Oct 21, 2011 8:25 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Tennessee woman has been sentenced in Baton Rouge to 37 months in federal prison after admitting she embezzled over $491,000 in retirement and medical benefits for laborers in Louisiana and four other states.
The Advocate reports U.S. District Judge James J. Brady on Thursday also ordered 46-year-old Theresa G. Waters of Nashville, Tenn., to pay full restitution to an insurer for the South Central Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Fund in Livonia, La. Waters worked for five years for the organization.
Prosecutors say Waters used a fund-issued credit card for personal purchases for nearly four years. The South Central fund manages benefit money for laborers working for union contractors in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Brady ordered Waters to report to federal prison on Nov. 21.