Union official pleads guilty to embezzlement

HAZARD, Ky. — A Perry County woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $40,000 from a labor union.

Linda Shepherd, 54, of Bulan, admitted to misappropriating more than $39,000 in union funds from United Steelworkers Local 14637 between 2011 and 2018. Prosecutors say she used her position as financial secretary to inflate her pay for lost time, meals and unauthorized services to which she was not entitled.

Wagers pleaded guilty to embezzlement of union assets last week. She now faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced in November.