Former union president sentenced for felony theft

CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- A former local Union President won’t be spending time in jail after being sentenced to felony theft in Federal Court on January 7.

63-year-old Harold Giberson was sentenced to serve 5 years of probation, 6 months of which must be home detention. The judge decided on home detention rather than jail time given Giberson’s health.

Harold Giberson served as President of Local Utility Workers Union of America Local 127 from 2002 until 2015. Local 127 represents workers at 3 PacifiCorp power plants in the state.

Giberson admitted that he stole union funds saying in court, “I did it. I took advantage of the local and for that I am deeply sorry, but I want to pay the rest, and that’s all I got.”

An investigation revealed that Giberson made personal charges on the union credit card including alcohol, personal vacations, car washes and much more. During the hearing Giberson also told Judge Freudenthal that he filed false union expense reports during a 4 year period.

The felony theft amounted to $179,052 between the years of 2011 and 2015.

According to the court, he has paid back around $20,000 of the debt so far. During his sentencing Judge Freudenthal made it mandatory that Giberson pay back the rest of the debt ($159,953) in restitution.

Giberson’s sentence also includes that he doesn’t have any contact with union members, submits to drug & alcohol testing, completes mental health counseling, and has full financial disclosure with the courts. Giberson also not allowed to obtain any new credit.

No other fines were put into place by the judge.