SPFPA President in Maryland Enters Alford Plea for Theft

On June 1, Keith Franzese, former president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Local 275, entered an Alford plea in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Md. for one count of theft in an amount of $67,624 from the Greenbelt, Md.-based union. He had been indicted on multiple counts last November for thefts of a substantially greater sum. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not formally admit to have committed the offense but admits that the evidence is sufficient for a conviction. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.