LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 2801 was sentenced to probation for removing records linked to the alleged theft of about $16,000 from the union’s Signal Hill office.

Tatia Clark, 49, was sentenced after pleading guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor count of concealment, withholding and destruction of labor union records.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sylvia R. Ewald said Clark and co-defendant Joan Dutton — the union’s former president — removed the records in 2010 after the union announced a pending audit. Dutton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation last week.

Clark and Dutton were charged in a four-count felony indictment, which alleged conspiracy, embezzlement and concealment of records. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed on the two-year probationary sentence for the defendants.

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