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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Former union president sentenced for misusing union funds

        BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that David Kellner, 49, of Delevan, N.Y., the former president of the Transport Workers Local 2020, who was convicted of filing a false financial report with the Secretary of Labor, was sentenced to two  years probation, to include six months of home detention, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy. In addition, Kellner was ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 and make restitution in the amount of $12,226 to the Transport Workers union.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Rogowski, who handled the case, stated that as president of Transport Workers Local 2020 from 2006 through 2009, the defendant filed with the Department of Labor, Labor-Management Standards, form LM-3 for the years 2007 and 2008. The form requires that all payments to officers be disclosed. Kellner failed to disclose that he had filed false invoices with the union. As a result, the defendant was reimbursed over $12,000 for expenses he did not incur or were paid for by the national union or Kellner's employer.    

The sentencing is the result of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards, under the direction of Acting District Director Mark J. Neylon.