New Orleans man sentenced for embezzlement of Union funds

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, March 31, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Mark Douglas, age 72, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced for embezzlement of union funds by the Honorable Greg G. Guidry, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. Douglas was sentenced to 24 months of probation and a $100 special assessment. DOUGLAS was also ordered to pay $7,078.35 in restitution to the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1101.

According to court documents, between November 11, 2011 and January 17, 2015, Douglas acted as President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1101. Douglas was responsible for the local’s grievances with the Domino Sugar Company and running the day to day operations of the union.

Union officers were permitted to file “lost time” claims to be reimbursed for conducting union business. Lost time is generally taken for arbitrations, attorney visits, accountant visits, or negotiations with Domino Sugar Company. During his time as President, Douglas filed fraudulent “lost time” claims with the union, thereby unlawfully obtaining $7,078.35 that he was not entitled to receive.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the U.S Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards, in investigating this matter.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney G. Dall Kammer, Chief, General Crimes.