6/22/08

Union official embezzler gets wrist-slap

Feds counter criminal element attracted to labor organizations

The former president of the Boilermakers Local 3-M in East Cleveland (OH) will serve six months on home confinement and must pay $17,415 in restitution after pleading guilty to embezzling money from the union. Francis Pagan was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. He will remain on probation for four years and was fined $100.

According to the indictment, Pagan kept the union's checkbook and issued 165 checks to himself. He forged the signature of the union treasurer and filed false reports to cover up the missing money between 2003 and 2006, prosecutors said. Pagan pleaded guilty to taking the money from the union after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor Management Standards. The office is a federal enforcement agency that investigates claims of embezzlement at labor groups.

(cleveland.com)

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