Illinois state Senator Thomas E. Cullerton has reportedly been indicted on federal embezzlement charges.
Cullerton has been charged with 39 counts of embezzlement from a labor union, one count of conspiracy to embezzle from a labor union and employee benefit plans and one count of making false statements in a health care matter. The 49-year-old is accused of taking funds and benefits from Teamsters for nearly three years while doing no or little actual work.
The charges come days after former Teamsters Joint Council 25 president John T. Coli Sr. pleaded guilty to taking funds from a Chicago film studio. Cullerton is the cousin of Illinois state Senate President John Cullerton.