A former officer with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers chapter 386 in Texarkana was sentenced to five years probation Thursday for embezzlement.
Clinton Humphrey, 43, a lineman with American Electric Power, was paid to serve as the local union’s secretary/treasurer from late 2009 to mid-2014, when he took over as president and business manager, according to court records. Humphrey pilfered $51,811.70 from his union from March 2010 to November 2014. According to court records, Humphrey used union credit cards and checks which drew on union accounts for his personal use.
Hickey ordered Humphrey to serve five years federal probation. The first six months of probation Humphrey will be confined to his home, allowed to leave only for work, school, church and medical appointments. He must also wear an electronic monitor for six months.
Humphrey appeared with John Pickett, a Texarkana attorney, before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey and entered a guilty plea to a felony information filed in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas in January. Humphrey has been free on a $5,000 unsecured bond while awaiting sentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Ferguson said $25,000 of the restitution Hickey ordered Humphrey to pay will go to an insurance company that paid a claim to the union. The balance of $26,811.70 will go to the union. Pickett told Hickey that Humphrey intends to pay the full amount of restitution immediately. The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor.