Chicago Sun-Times

 

Ex-Union Chief Charged With Theft

 

 

BY STEVE WARMBIR FEDERAL COURTS REPORTER

November 10, 2000

 

The former president and business manager of a local union based in Chicago Heights was charged with racketeering and fraud Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $470,000 in union money and covering it up.

 

Frank B. Zeuberis, 54, of St. John, Ind., led Local 5 of the Laborers International Union of North America from 1994 to 1998, when he is accused of committing the crimes, authorities said.

 

At the time, the union represented about 800 members, mainly construction workers.

 

Zeuberis allegedly gave himself and two other union employees, including his wife, unauthorized bonuses and increases in pay and vacation time.

 

The deeds were uncovered as part of a national reform effort begun by the union in 1995 to shed itself from organized crime influence, as part of a deal made with the U.S. Justice Department.


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