Western Pennsylvania Transit Union President Pleads Guilty

Transit busOn June 21, Donald Kotouch, former president and business agent of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1738 in Latrobe, Pa., pleaded guilty in Pittsburgh federal court to embezzling $18,806.27 and submitting false financial records to conceal his thefts. During 2005-09, stated federal prosecutors, Kotouch, 52, a resident of Latrobe, diverted funds from the local to pay for non-business items such as office rent and membership expenses. He is set for sentencing on November 4. The guilty plea follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.