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Teamster Resigns Over Discrepancies

March 14, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Teamsters employee has resigned after $3,414 in unauthorized meal expenses were discovered, the union said Wednesday.

The employee, Richard Lyter, had been the assistant to General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel since 1999. Lyter was asked to resign after an internal audit found discrepancies in the union’s expense account, said spokesman Bret Caldwell.

Lyter was alleged to have submitted personal expenses that were reported as union expenses over a 10-month period, Caldwell said. In his resignation letter, Lyter acknowledged reporting errors and has reimbursed the Teamsters, the union said.

Lyter’s telephone number is unpublished and he could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The Teamsters said law enforcement officials had been notified.

The incident comes two months after ousted Teamsters President Ron Carey was indicted on charges of perjury and making false statements about a diversion of $885,000 in union funds to his 1996 re-election campaign against James P. Hoffa. Carey has pleaded innocent.

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