Postal Union Officer Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

Press Release from The United States Attorney,Middle District of Alabama

MONTGOMERY, ALA. – A former Dothan, Alabama United States postal union secretary-treasurer, Bridgett Cardall Hooks, age 35, has pleaded guilty to embezzlement of the union’s funds, Leura G. Canary, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, announced today.

In a hearing before United States Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel, Hooks admitted that she stole nearly $11,000 of the American Postal Workers Union Local 332’s funds while she served as the union’s secretary-treasurer. Hooks admitted that she accomplished this (1) by writing herself unauthorized and improper checks drawn on the labor organization’s checking account, and (2) by conducting unauthorized and improper purchases and withdrawals with her union debit card.

Hooks will be sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Mark E. Fuller on May 16, 2008. At sentencing, Hooks could receive up to five years incarceration for her offense.