Howard Royal stole from his state employees union. Now he owes some time to his state. On December 14, Royal, former president of United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) Local 304, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to six months of house arrest followed by six months of supervised probation for wire fraud in connection with thefts of $66,982.02 from the Harrisburg union. He had pleaded guilty last July. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
According to court documents, Royal, 50, a resident of Steelton, Pa., on more than a hundred occasions during December 15, 2009-November 16, 2010 made unauthorized electronic transfers and withdrawals from a union account for his own personal use. His guilty plea came nine days after he was charged in an information count. USGOA Local 304 represents security employees at Pennsylvania state government buildings.