LE MARS — The former president of the union representing many Wells’ Enterprises, Inc., employees has been indicted by a federal grand jury with embezzlement.
The indictment was filed March 22 charging Curtis Dean Lang with the theft of approximately $45,040 from the labor organization while he served as president of the United Dairy Workers of Le Mars.
According to court documents from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Western Division, the alleged embezzlement occurred between 2012 and June 9, 2015.
The indictment said Lang “did embezzle, steal and unlawfully and willfully abstract and convert to his own use, the moneys, funds, and assets” of the labor union that represents employees of Wells’ Enterprises in Le Mars.
The U.S. Marshals Service executed an arrest warrant taking Lang into custody March 29. He was booked into the Woodbury County Jail and released on a personal recognizance bond March 30, according to court documents.
Lang pled not guilty in federal court Thursday, March 30 in Sioux City to one count of embezzlement and theft of labor union assets.
A status hearing is scheduled for May 5. A jury trial is set to begin June 5 in federal court in Sioux City.
The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, court documents stated.