On February 14, Guy Masocco, former president of United Steelworkers of America Local 897, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York to 10 months of home confinement and three years of probation for embezzling from the Cheektowaga, N.Y. (near Buffalo) union, which represents workers at ITT Heat Transfer Inc. He also was ordered to pay $31,701 in restitution. Prosecutors had charged Masocco during December 2004-November 2009 used his union credit card to pay for unauthorized personal expenses. He eventually pleaded guilty in August. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
For nearly five years Guy Masocco treated his union like a personal ATM dispensary. It was a poor decision. On August 29, federal prosecutors announced that Masocco, president of United Steelworkers Local 897, had pleaded guilty in Buffalo federal court to embezzling some $31,700 in funds from the union, which represents more than 100 workers at ITT Heat Transfer Inc. in suburban Cheektowaga, N.Y. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.