Union embezzler sentenced in labor-state

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The former business agent of a Trenton-based insulation and asbestos workers union was sentenced today to 2-1/2 years in prison for pocketing about $829,000 of the organization's money, which he spent gambling.

John DaBronzo, 57, had pleaded guilty to embezzlement in June and was sentenced in federal court in Trenton. U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano also ordered DaBronzo to repay the money.

DaBronzo, of Hamilton Square, worked for Local 89 of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers of the United States and Canada for 18 years. He pilfered the money from two union funding sources between January 2005 and April 2007, U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said.

About $396,000 of the stolen funds came from the union's apprenticeship fund, intended to train new workers, prosecutors said. The other $433,000 was from checks that employers sent to Local 89 to cover the members union dues, prosecutors said.


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