02 Aug Illinois State Sen. Tom Cullerton indicted
A federal grand jury indicted Illinois State Sen. Thomas Cullerton this morning on embezzlement charges related to his work with Teamsters Local Union 734.
The Democrat, 49, worked for the union before assuming office in November 2012. After being elected, he was no longer eligible for the union’s health and pension funds. But five months later, the union hired him as a full time “purported union organizer,” the Department of Justice says.
“From March 2013 to February 2016, Cullerton fraudulently obtained from Joint Council 25 and its members approximately $188,320 in salary, bonuses, and cellphone and vehicle allowances, as well as approximately $64,068 in health and pension contributions, according to the indictment. Cullerton used the proceeds of the payments to pay personal expenses, such as his mortgage, utilities and groceries,” the DOJ’s charges allege.
The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. An arraignment has not been scheduled.