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Postal Workers Secretary-Treasurer in Georgia Charged with Theft

Postal Workers logoOn July 8, Cynthia Collins, former secretary-treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 12, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia with embezzling funds from the Athens, Ga.-based union in the amount of $23,345 and concealing the thefts in union financial records. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Postal Workers Treasurer in Minneapolis-St. Paul Area Sentenced

Postal Workers logoOn January 23, David Westgard, former treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 65, was sentenced in the Dakota County, Minnesota District Court to 20 days in prison followed by two years of supervised release for embezzling funds from the Mendota Heights, Minn. union. He also was ordered to pay $4,241 in restitution on top of the $22,719 he already had paid. Westgard had pleaded guilty last November after being charged a year earlier. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Postal Workers President in SE Virginia Indicted for Embezzlement

Postal Workers logo On November 7, Eric Barnett, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 171, was indicted in the Circuit Court for the City of Portsmouth on one count of embezzling funds of $200 or more from the Portsmouth, Va. union. The indictment follows a joint probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Portsmouth Police Department.

Postal Workers Local President in NYC Sentenced for Theft

APWU logoOn November 14, Neil Cardoso, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 1241, was sentenced in the New York State Court for New York County to one to three years in prison for theft from the Long Island City (Queens), N.Y. union. He also was ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution. Cardoso had been indicted and arrested in February 2012 for grand larceny in connection with his unauthorized use of the union ATM for withdrawals totaling about $75,000; he pleaded guilty this October. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Twin Cities-Area Postal Workers Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Theft

APWU logoOn November 12, David Westgard, former treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 65, pleaded guilty in Dakota County, Minnesota District Court, to one count of theft in an amount of more than $5,000 from the Mendota Heights, Minn.-based union. He had been charged in November 2012. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Dallas-Area Postal Workers President Sentenced for Theft

Postal Workers logoOn August 12, Frank Juarez, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 6768, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to three years of probation, of which 180 days must be served in home detention, for embezzling funds from the Plano union. He also was ordered to pay $21,151 in restitution and a $100 assessment. Juarez had been charged in February. No information is available as to a guilty plea. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Dallas-Area Postal Workers President Charged with Embezzlement

Postal Workers logoOn February 7, Frank Juarez, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 6768, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas with embezzlement of funds from the Plano-based union in the amount of $21,290.73. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Pennsylvania Postal Workers Local President Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

Postal Workers logoOn October 22, Barbara Patton, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 4469, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to concealing thefts in financial records of the Johnstown, Pa. union. She then was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $25 assessment. Patton previously had paid $1,705.41 in restitution following her indictment in March 2010 for making unauthorized use of her credit card in the amount of $2,015.78. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Texas Postal Workers Local Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

Postal Workers logoOn September 19, Rosalin Dukes, former secretary-treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 3607, pleaded guilty in the District Court for Hunt County (Dallas-Ft. Worth area), Texas, to illegal use of her union-issued credit/debit card. She then was sentenced to five years probation and 100 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $18,598.34 in restitution, $285 in court costs and a $50 Crime Stoppers Fee. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Greenville, Texas Police Department.

Postal Workers Local Treasurer in Arizona Sentenced for Theft

Postal Workers logoOn September 18, Christina Carr, former treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 7008, was sentenced in Navajo County, Arizona Superior Court to three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $5,853.19 in restitution for embezzling funds from the Show Low, Ariz.-based union by way of unauthorized use of the local debit card and checking account. She was indicted in February and pleaded guilty in July. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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