Steven McDeid is not in the best of shape, but he’ll still have to repay his debts. On July 8, McDeid, formerly president of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 388, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to 90 days of home confinement and five years of probation for embezzling funds from the St. Cloud union. He also will have to pay $51,639.61 in restitution and a $100 special assessment, plus perform 150 hours of community service. He had pleaded guilty in March following a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Federal prosecutors had alleged that McDeid, 62, a resident of St. Cloud and a full-time letter carrier, during January 2004-October 2008 used his position to illegally convert union funds to his own use. He had traveled to meet with union members and management during working hours under the pretense of having lost his job and looking for alternative work. Additionally, he made out bogus travel invoices for trips not taken. McDeid’s attorney had argued his client was suffering from poor mental and physical health, the result of his two tours of duty in Vietnam with the Marines. At least McDeid will have five years to pay his restitution.