CUPE member charged with defrauding Hamilton local of $1M

Hamilton police have charged a local union treasurer with stealing about $1 million.

Elizabeth Marck, 57, is elected treasurer of CUPE Local 786. Police have charged her with one count of fraud over $5,000 and one count of theft over $5,000.

Police started investigating last July, when the major fraud unit received a complaint about accounting irregularities.

Between January 2010 and March 2017, police say, union funds were used “for personal benefit.” 

CUPE Local 786 represents employees of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. CUPE administrator Gus Oliveira wouldn’t say much about the case Wednesday.

It’s a criminal matter, and an internal union matter, he explained. So the union can’t comment. 

“More importantly, Ms. Marck continues to be a member of the local,” he said. “As we still are obligated in law to represent her, we can’t really comment at this time.”

On LinkedIn, Marck is listed as a payroll specialist at St. Joe’s for the last 33 years.

She will appear in court Aug. 7.