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Iowa union boss sentenced for embezzlement of funds


This news story was published on July 31, 2017.
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Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who embezzled labor union assets, was sentenced July 26, 2017, to twelve months’ in federal prison.

Curtis Lang, 53, from Le Mars, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 8, 2017, guilty plea to one count of embezzlement and theft of labor union assets.

At the plea hearing, Lang admitted that from approximately 2005 to 2009 he was the vice president/treasurer of the United Dairy Workers of Le Mars, Iowa, and later, from 2011 through 2014, Lang was the president/treasurer of said union.

Over a period of approximately ten years, Lang embezzled over $98,000 in funds from union bank accounts. Lang acted alone in the embezzlement, and made efforts to hide the crime from other Union officials.

Lang was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Lang was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he was ordered to make $95,223.49 in restitution to the United Dairy Workers of Le Mars. Lang must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term, including a term of six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring. There is no parole in the federal system. At sentencing, Judge Bennett commented that, “Curtis Lang inflicted irreparable harm on the union.”

Lang was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal on a date yet to be set.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Bowers and investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 31, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    This is great. We are imprisoning a corrupt person that has negatively impacted so many people. Now, lets continue this trend and imprison our corrupt politicians which happens to be a majority of them. And believe me it is a bipartisan corruptness. Lets call the ‘move’ draining the swamp. Like him or hate him, his actions are appropriate. Do NOT vote for any incumbents.