Former nurses union chief will plead guilty to embezzlement

Renkes faces up to 5 years in prison for felony. James Halpin, Anchorage Daily News, April 30, 2010 The former executive director of an Alaska nurses' union has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of embezzling more than $22,000 from the union to pay his personal bills, according to documents filed in court this week. Thomas Renkes is facing up to five years in prison on a felony charge of embezzlement of union funds, according to court documents. According to a plea agreement with prosecutors, Renkes was the executive director of the Alaska Nurses Association between October 2007 and August 2008. ... Former