Woman charged with embezzling from union affiliate

A former executive assistant embezzled nearly $50,000 from an employee benefit plan affiliated with the Boilermakers union, federal authorities allege.

Angela Heninger, who worked for the Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization and Training Trust, or MOST, was charged in U.S. District Court in Kansas last week with one count of embezzlement, six counts of wire fraud and five counts of bank fraud.

Heninger could not be reached for comment Monday. Neither Boilermakers officials nor MOST officials responded to requests for comment.

But a document filed by MOST last year with the U.S. Department of Labor said an estimated $480,000 was embezzled from 2006 until the theft was discovered in early 2012. The document said that Heninger had “abandoned her employment” with MOST.

Labor department documents show that Heninger made $173,366 in salary and benefits in calendar year 2011.

The Kansas City Star reported last year that the Boilermakers union and its pension and benefit plans had been on federal investigators’ radar for nearly a decade. Documents showed that investigators alleged excessive expenditures by some trustees and conflicts of interest. Federal officials also questioned spending by MOST employees.

MOST is an affiliate of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, which has its headquarters in Kansas City, Kan. Its purpose is to help maintain a highly skilled work force and teach safe work habits.