According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston, Carlson embezzled approximately $37,000 from the local from 2007-16 by “regularly writing checks to cash from the local’s bank account and then using that cash for his own personal enrichment.”
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Carlson was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Hillman, who also ordered him to pay $9,786 in restitution and forfeiture in the amount of $16,151.
Carlson is the 15th local IATSE leader to be charged or convicted of embezzling union funds since 2008.
Carlson’s embezzlement — like so many others that have plagued IATSE locals over the past decade — was discovered by IATSE, which placed the local into trusteeship in November 2016 and merged it into stagehands Local 96. Prior to its dissolution, Local B-935 represented workers at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester. At its height the local only had 32 members, meaning that Carlson allegedly stole about $1,000 from each one of them.