A former TriMet labor leader pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to one count of forgery in connection with the thefts of more than $450,000 in union benefit funds.
Thomas V. Wallace, 50, of Wamic admitted forging checks drawn on bank accounts controlled by Local 757 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said Lance Caldwell, with the U.S. Department of Justice’s district office for Oregon.
Wallace served as the elected financial secretary and treasurer of the union since 1997. The union represents transit workers in Oregon and southwest Washington, including about 2,100 of TriMet’s 2,500 employees.
Can’t take too close a look at where those campaign contributions are coming from, can we?