Former Steelworkers union president Thomas Jerome Burkjhart, jr., was convicted of federal embezzlement charges this past week.
Burkhart was president of the Steelworkers Local 145 in Henryetta when he was said to have written nearly 50 unauthorized checked to himself totaling $19,900 in union funds. Those checks were written from July 2018 to August 2019. Burkhart was president of Local 145 in Henryetta from 2014 to 2019.
He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution to the labor union. He had entered a guilty plea April 8, 2021.