Results tagged “Embezzling” from The Court Reporter

For New York State Senator Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Money From a Non-profit Agency

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A former New York State Senator pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with embezzling thousands of dollars from an non-profit organization that helped educate parents about the New York City public school system, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

The senator, Shirley Huntley, served in the New York State Senate from 2007 to 2010. During part of the time of the charged conspiracy, Huntley was a senator.

"Huntley's experience and influence were supposed to be used for the benefit of her constituents. Instead, Huntley used her knowledge of the system to steal funds intended to help some of her neediest constituents, lining her own pockets at the expense of parents in need and, ultimately, their children," stated U.S. Loretta Lynch. "She will now be held to account for her crime. This guilty plea underscores our unwavering commitment to hold responsible those who abuse their authority and pursue their own financial interests instead of the public interest."

Federal officials stated that Huntley ran a Queens non-profit organization known as Parents Information Network Inc or PIN.

From October 2005 through October 2008, officials stated Huntley embezzled approximately $87,700 from PIN.

Huntley falsely certified to New York State that these funds would be used, and had been used, to support PIN's charitable mission, according to officials. Instead, Huntley used the money for her own personal benefit and for the benefit of her family members and associates. During this time period, PIN received nearly all of its funding from New York State.

Huntley could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced.

Union Official Convicted for Embezzling Money from SEIU Locals

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LOS ANGELES - Tyrone Ricky Freeman, the former president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Locals 6434 and 434-B, was convicted  today of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the union that represents home healthcare workers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

 

Freeman, 43, who is currently residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was found guilty of four counts of mail fraud, seven counts of embezzlement and/or theft of labor union assets, one count of making a false statement to a federally insured financial institution, and two counts of subscribing to a false tax return, officials stated.

 

"This was a case about abuse and betrayal," United States Attorney AndrĂ© Birotte Jr. stated in a press release.  "Freeman abused his position as leader of the SEIU, and he betrayed the hardworking people whose interests he was supposed to represent."

 

The evidence presented during a 10-day jury trial showed that Freeman pilfered money from SEIU Locals 6434 and 434-B by diverting reimbursement payments from a public-sector union that had close ties to the SEIU locals, federal prosecutors stated.

 

 Freeman collected $2,500 per month from Local 6434 and the California United Homecare Workers (CUHW), which was established in 2005 by SEIU and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees to represent public sector employees working in the homecare industry in California.

 

According to federal authorities, this is what happened:

 

From the beginning of 2007 through the summer of 2008, Freeman concealed from the Local 6434 Executive Board and the CUHW Executive Board that he was receiving payments of $2,500 per month in addition to the regular salary that he received from Local 6434.

 

Freeman also used a Local 434-B credit card to pay $8,105 in personal expenses he incurred during a 2006 trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, which included expenses related to Freeman's wedding ceremony.

 

Freeman also stole money from Local 6434 by routing funds through another entity closely aligned with the union - the Long Term Care Housing Corporation (LTCHC), which was a not-for-profit corporation organized in 2004 for the purpose of developing affordable housing for members of Locals 6434 and Local 434-B. The indictment alleges that Freeman took nearly $17,000 from Local 6434 in June 2008 by requesting the Local 6434 Executive Board to make payments to LTCHC without disclosing to the Executive Board that Freeman would then divert those funds to himself.

The false statement charges relate to lies that Freeman told to Countrywide Bank when he told a bank representative that Local 6434 paid for his personal American Express credit card debt and the monthly lease payments for his Land Rover.

 

Freeman was also found guilty of subscribing to false tax returns in 2006 and 2007 when he failed to report approximately $63,000 in income he received during those tax years.

 

Freeman will be sentenced in April

 

 

 

 

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