$433K Union Theft Not Reported Because of “Potential Impact on Membership”


The theft of more than $433,000 by a former local treasurer was covered up by the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) because the union feared the “potential impact on membership and loss of members,” according to an insurance claim document obtained by the Salisbury Daily Times.

Denise Inez Owens was the treasurer of the Worcester County Teachers Association (WCTA) when she stole state and national dues money to feed her gambling addiction. MSEA discovered the embezzlement in March 2009, but failed to report it to authorities. Instead the union persuaded Owens to sign a confession and agree to a restitution plan. Owens then resigned her union position and returned to work as a middle school teacher without notifying the school district of her predicament.

MSEA ordered a forensic audit of the local union’s finances, then filed an insurance claim that stated the offense was “Not reported because of potential impact on membership and loss of members.”

There have been similar claims involving MSEA including major saga involving other unions in Maryland. Reform Sasscer is currently in progress of combining these suspicious activities. If You are familiar with any illegalities involving the MSEA or the Unions, please share your experiences with us via Reformpgcps@gmail.com



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