ILA official indicted for embezzling $54,000

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The secretary treasurer for one of the unions under the International Longshoremen's Association was indicted by a Grand Jury on charges he stole more than $54,000 from the organization between 2008 and 2010.

According to an indictment filing, 55-year-old Derrick Alexander diverted $54,500 of the labor organization's money for his own use, misreported earnings to the Department of Labor in order to hide his embezzlement, and falsified deposit records.

He was charged with one count each of embezzlement of labor union assets, falsification of required labor union records, and falsification of union annual financial reports, the U.S. Attorney's office reported.

The two-page indictment highlights two end-of-year reports that were filed in 2008 and 2009 by Alexander.

ILA president Kenneth Riley has not yet responded to requests for comment on the indictment or Alexander's current job status with the ILA, Union 1422A.