The Northeast Emergency Services Union operated as a family business. It’s too bad part of the business involved embezzlement. On January 23, Timothy Ferrucci, who had been the union’s president, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to one year of probation, the first six months of which would be spent in home confinement, and fined $2,000. Ferrucci, 55, a resident of West Haven, Conn., had pleaded guilty in November to four counts of filing false information on the union’s annual financial reporting forms to the Department of Labor during 2001-04. The independent union represents about 400 ambulance drivers and other emergency personnel in the New Haven area.
It was the second conviction secured in this case. Back in September 2006, Ferrucci’s son-in-law, Andrew Konspore, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $90,000 while serving as union treasurer. Last April he received a sentence of five months of imprisonment and five months of home confinement. Konspore diverted funds to his own use by making union checks out to “cash” and disbursing them to third parties. Ferrucci thought he was doing the right thing by covering for a family member, but his fellow union members probably see the situation differently. (States News Service, 1/23/08).