U.S. Dist. Judge Thomas J. McAvoy (N.D.N.Y., Reagan) sentenced Nancy Groome on Mar. 12 and Daniel Vallee on Mar. 11 for the embezzlement of funds from Civil Serv. Employees Ass'n Local 316 in Albany, which is part of Am. Fed'n of State, Co. & Mun. Employees Local 1000. Groom and Vallee served as Local 316's secretary-treasurer and president, respectively.
From July 1993 to Nov. 1999, Groome wrote 319 unauthorized union checks, totaling $111,476.48, the majority of which were made payable to herself. Some were to third party venders for union-related training trips that she never took. She spent the funds, in part, on vacations, groceries, auto insurance, gifts to others, and other living expenses. She pled guilty July 11. She was secretary-treasurer from 1980 until Mar. 2000.