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UNION LEADER, MALVIN BERGERON, SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLING UNION FUNDS

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August 22, 2013

MALVIN BERGERON, age 63, a resident of Jefferson Parish, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, to four years of probation for embezzling assets of a local labor union, announced U.S. Attorney Dana Boente.  The Court also ordered BERGERON to pay restitution in the amount of $4,041.99 as well as a $3,000.00 fine. 

According to court records, BERGERON was the president of the Local 537M Graphic Communications Union from November 2004 through May 2011.  The Local 537M maintained a checking account with a local bank to hold the membership dues that were collected from the union members. As the union’s president, BERGERON was able to access the funds in the union account through checks.  According to court documents, BERGERON embezzled $4,041.88 from the union account by writing, endorsing, and cashing checks made payable to himself personally that were not authorized by the Union’s by-laws. 

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis.

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