West Virginia Laborers Council Director Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

Construction equipmentJonathan Deutsch still may believe he was framed. But his case has been resolved. On June 11, Deutsch, former executive director of the Constructors’ Laborers Council (CLC) of West Virginia, re-entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to one count of bank fraud in connection with a false statement he made to obtain an unauthorized $120,000 line of credit. Deutsch had pleaded guilty to mail fraud in May 2011, and then, this past March, asked a judge to set aside the plea and dismiss the remainder of a 32-count superseding indictment. Immediately following his most recent court hearing, he was sentenced to two years in prison and five years of probation, and was ordered to pay $118,429.88 in restitution. That sum likely understated matters. 

Deutsch, 58, a resident of Charleston, W.Va., was a busy man in West Virginia’s highly unionized construction industry. In addition …