Union funds reported missing, former official charged

A Juneau man has been charged in connection with the alleged embezzlement of funds from a local labor union.

Jonathan H. Smith, 42, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Juneau on Thursday. Prosecutors said he was released with conditions, pending a possible trial scheduled for this August.

According to charging documents, Smith was an employee and financial secretary for the now-defunct Carpenters’ Local Union 2247. Smith is accused of taking $40,000 of union funds between April 2007 and May 2012.

Local 2247 was created in 1939, but its members were absorbed by Anchorage’s Carpenter Union Local 1281 in May 2013 as part of an effort by United Brotherhood of Carpenters to streamline operations.