United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Fresno Union Official Arrested for Embezzlement
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Docket #: 1:12-cr-00254-LJO-SKO
FRESNO, Calif. —The former Secretary-Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1027 in Fresno was arrested this morning on charges of embezzlement from the union, access device fraud, and submitting false financial reports to the United States Department of Labor, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today.
Adam C. Raimer, 42, of Madera, was arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto and entered a not guilty plea. According to the indictment, ATU Local 1027 represents bus drivers, dispatchers, and mechanics employed by MV Transportation in Fresno and Tulare and bus drivers employed by the City of Fresno. From April 2006 to April 2009, Raimer allegedly used his position as Secretary-Treasurer to make unauthorized purchases for his own use from Office Depot, including big screen TVs, cameras, and a GPS navigator. He also allegedly used a union account to pay his personal cell phone bill and PG&E utility bill. The loss to ATU Local 1027 is alleged to be more than $41,000.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. Assistant United States Attorney Mark J. McKeon is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Raimer faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison for embezzlement, 10 years in prison for access device fraud, and one year in prison for each count of submitting false financial reports. In addition, he faces a $250,000 fine on each count. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.