Theresa Shook is one of the 800 city of Cincinnati employees who are members of the group Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees (CODE).
She opted to join the union several years ago saying she felt, as a nursing supervisor for the Cincinnati Health Department, that the needs of city middle managers ought to be represented. Dues come out of her paychecks, which we now know is the same money that the union's former president Diana Frey allegedly embezzled.
In a federal court indictment handed down Wednesday morning, Frey is accused of stealing more than $750,000 from the group over the last 6 years.
Shook told Fox 19 that she doesn't recall ever seeing an annual report, or other financial statements that would indicate how the group's money was being spent. She does think the job that CODE performs is important, and she will continue to be a member, which means she will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election for new board members, which is expected to be held July 26.
We'll continue to follow that aspect of the story. If Frey is convicted on the 1 count of wire fraud, she could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
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