Thursday, March 9, 2006

Former AFGE Union President Gets 24 Months

Fraud Update links here to a Northern District of Texas news release that tells of the plea and sentencing of the "former president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 1298, and an employee of the Federal Medical Center, Bureau of Prisons, in Fort Worth, Texas." She was sentenced to two years imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution of $32,000 after pleading guilty to a one count of a false statement charge (Sec. 1001). The press release states:

[W]hile she served as president of the AFGE she charged personal expenses to the Union’s American Express credit card, paid her government issued credit card with Union funds, and wrote numerous checks from the Union’s checking account to herself. [She] also admitted that she charged personal items to the Union, such as items from Home Depot, Victoria’s Secret, Wherehouse Music, and other vendors which did not benefit the Union in any manner and that were not associated with the Union’s business. She also admitted that she submitted travel vouchers for reimbursement of travel expenses and certified that she had not received payment or credit, when she had actually previously charged the Union’s American Express card for those costs.


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