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Butte woman allegedly stole $190K from local union

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A Butte woman is negotiating a plea in response to charges she embezzled at least $190,000 from a local union, according to documents obtained by The Montana Standard.

Teresa M. Wilson, who worked for 14 years as a secretary for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 41 in Butte, is suspected of embezzlement, bank fraud and identity fraud over at least a five-year period. Wilson allegedly stole checks amounting to at least $190,000, forged signatures and made deposits into a personal account in her name.

The U.S. Department of Justice has a policy to not comment before a suspect has been arraigned. Federal cases are sealed until such time.

Wilson had been scheduled to make an arraignment April 14 in Great Falls, but that hearing was recently pushed back to April 26 in Missoula’s federal courthouse.

According to documents obtained by this newspaper, the Department of Justice is negotiating an agreement with Wilson to enter a guilty plea. The plea would result in final resolution of the criminal case without the necessity of going to trial.

More information regarding the case will be released after Wilson makes her initial appearance.

Reporter Tim Trainor may be reached via e-mail at or call 496-5519.








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