HOUSTON - Two 67-year-old Houston women pleaded guilty
today for their roles in an embezzlement scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan
Beverly Davis and Evelyn Smith were each employed with
the Communications Workers of America Local 6222 in Houston. Davis was employed
from 2010 to 2017, while Smith served as secretary/treasurer from 2005 to 2018.
At the plea today, Davis admitted she used union funds to
pay for personal expenses and other unauthorized charges. By the time she
ceased doing so in 2017, she had embezzled union funds in the amount of
began using union funds to pay for personal expenses in 2011. She stopped in
2018, but had taken $50,967.76 during that time.
to the plea agreement, Davis administered a fund intended to help union members
in financial hardships. As part of the scheme, she falsified reports to
hide her activity. Smith had control over the general fund at the time she
made the unauthorized transactions.
U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison accepted the pleas
today and set sentencing for Feb. 28, 2020. At that time, each woman faces up
to five years in federal prison and a possible $10,000 maximum fine.
They were permitted to remain on bond pending those
The U.S. Department of Labor-Office of Labor Management
Standards conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rodolfo
Ramirez is prosecuting the case.