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SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED FOR CONCEALING UNION EMBEZZLEMENT IN FALSE REPORTS TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Springfield man was sentenced today in federal court for concealing his embezzlement of $22,180 of funds from Local 3707 of the American Federation of Government Employees at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee by submitting false reports to the U.S. Department of Labor.

STANLEY BARRINGER, 65, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to one year of probation with six months of home confinement and a $2,000 fine. In November 2010, BARRINGER pleaded guilty to one count of concealing a material fact in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the federal government. Shortly before pleading guilty, BARRINGER had repaid Local 3707 the $22,180 that he had embezzled.

Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that between January 2002 and June 2005, BARRINGER served as the Vice President and acting Treasurer of Local 3707 of the American Federation of Government Employees (Local 3707), a labor organization representing civilian federal employees at Westover Air Reserve Base. From June 2005 through February 2007, BARRINGER continued to informally perform the duties of Treasurer. From January 2002 through February 2007, BARRINGER issued and cashed numerous checks payable to himself, totaling approximately $22,180 of Local 3707's funds. In order to conceal his theft, between March 2003 and July 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.

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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

 

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