Indiana auto union official Connie S. Sayne accused of pocketing union cash

Woman accused of forging union head's signature

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana auto workers union official faces a federal charge of pocketing money by forging union checks.

Connie S. Sayne, 51, of Connersville, was charged in Indianapolis federal court this week with one felony count of embezzlement.

She worked for Autocar LLC of Hagerstown between June of 2009 and May of last year, when federal prosecutors said she had signature authority as the financial secretary for the auto worker’s union.

Bylaws for the United Auto Workers Local 3050 required two signatures on the checks, according to prosecutors, but Sayne is accused of forging the union president's name on at least 64 checks. 

That allowed her to pocket $25,699.53 over the past several years, prosecutors said in their criminal complaint.

A phone number listed for Sayne was answered by the Autocar plant, so she could not be reached for comment.

A court date is set for March 11, but prosecutors said Sayne has notified them she intends to plead guilty in the case.

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