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SPRINGFIELD MAN CONVICTED OF CONCEALING UNION EMBEZZLEMENT IN FALSE REPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

NOVEMBER 18, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Springfield man was convicted today in federal court of concealing his embezzlement of approximately $22,180.00 of funds from Local 3707 of the American Federation of Government Employees at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

STANLEY BARRINGER, 65, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to one count of concealing a material fact in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the federal government.

At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that between approximately January 2002 until approximately June 2005, BARRINGER served as the Vice President and Acting Treasurer of Local 3707 of the American Federation of Government Employees (“Local 3707"), which was a labor organization representing civilian federal employees at Westover Air Reserve Base. From approximately June 2005 through approximately February 2007, BARRINGER continued to informally perform the duties of Treasurer. From approximately January 2002 through approximately February 2007, BARRINGER issued and cashed numerous checks payable to himself, totaling approximately $22,180.00 of Local 3707's funds. In order to conceal his theft, between March 13, 2003 and July 2, 2007, BARRINGER knowingly prepared and caused to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor five annual reports that contained materially incorrect financial information for the years 2002-2006.

Judge Ponsor scheduled sentencing for March 9, 2010. BARRINGER faces up to five years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000.00 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Mary Spradlin, Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards for the Boston District Office, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

 

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