On March 12, 2021, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Cathy Gail Long, 61 (DOB:09/08/1959), of Detroit, in connection with embezzling funds from the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO branch and the Laborers International Hall of Fame (LIHOF). It is alleged that Ms. Long served as the treasurer of the Metro Detroit branch of AFL-CIO and the LIHOF and that she took advantage of her position to embezzle thousands of dollars.
A July 2018 financial review of accounting records uncovered a series of unauthorized payments made over the years to Ms. Long. In August 2018, representatives of the AFL-CIO and LIHOF reported the embezzlement to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and an investigation was conducted. It is alleged that from March of 2015 through July of 2018, Ms. Long abused her position as treasurer by falsifying an accounting computer program, forging names of authorized signers on checks, and manufacturing documents to give the appearance of legitimate expenditures. As a result, over the years Ms. Long was able to embezzle close to $50,000.
"The money trail always talks. It never ceases to amaze me the level of hubris that alleged embezzlers have," said Prosecutor Worthy. "The evidence in this case will show that this trusted defendant continually helped herself to large portions of money that was not hers to steal."
Ms. Long has been charged with two counts of Embezzlement by an Agent or Trustee -$20,000 or more, but less than $50,000, three counts of Uttering and Publishing, Using a Computer to Commit a Crime and Larceny of $20,000 or more. She was arraigned today in 36th District Court. Ms. Long received a $20,000 personal bond. Her Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for April 13, 2021 in 36th District Court.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.