From the office of Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney, District of Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling

BOSTON – An Auburn man was arrested today and charged in federal court in Worcester in connection with embezzling from a labor union.

Ivar Carlson, 58, was charged with one count of embezzlement from a labor union. He appeared in federal court in Worcester today and was released on conditions.

According to the charging document, Carlson was the former business agent and treasurer for Local B-395 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which represented workers at the DCU Center in Worcester. It is alleged that from around March 2007 until September 2016, Carlson embezzled approximately $37,014 belonging to Local B-395 by writing checks from the Local B-395’s bank account, cashing those checks, and using the cash for his own personal expenses.

Carlson faces a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Jonathan Russo, District Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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