UPDATE: Woman sentenced for embezzling labor union funds in Charleston

Published: Jun. 12, 2018 at 10:19 AM EDT
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UPDATE 10/17/18 @ 10:25 p.m.

A woman from South Charleston was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from a labor union, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says.

In June, Joan Matthews, 70, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and theft from a labor union.

The Court also ordered her to pay $141,325.78 in restitution to the Charleston Building and Construction Trades Council (CBCTC).

Matthews admitted to embezzling money from the CBCTC beginning in 2010, and that embezzlement continued until September 2014, according to investigators.


A South Charleston woman is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the Charleston Building and Construction Trades Council.

Joan Matthews, 70, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced in September.

Matthews pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement and theft of labor union assets. The US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards says Matthews was employed as a bookkeeper by CBCTC.

Matthews admitted that she began embezzling union money in 2010. She said she would prepare and cash unauthorized union checks and use that money to pay her credit card bills. Her embezzlement continued until September 2014.

She now has to pay back the $183,667.11 that she took from CBCTC.