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Woman sentenced in $30,462 theft from union

HAMMOND, Ind. – A Gary woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $30,000 from a northwestern Indiana union has been sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to pay back the money.

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected 41-year-old Tracey Tigner’s request for probation. She had pleaded guilty in February to embezzling $30,462 from the Merrillville-based International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 460.

Tigner had worked at the union and was accused of writing herself checks and using the union’s credit card to make personal purchases.

Her attorney, Randy Godshalk, argued that the crime was not violent and that his client had recently been offered a job that might be rescinded if she had to serve prison time instead of probation.