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Former Union Officer Charged with Embezzlement

September 24, 2012

Boston - A Metheun man was charged today in federal court with embezzling funds from a labor organization.

Robert A. Hill, Sr., 65, was charged in an Information with 27 counts of embezzlement by a labor union official.

The Information alleges that from 1997 to 2009, Hill was the Secretary-Treasurer of Local Lodge 1271 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Between 2000 and 2009, Hill allegedly took $46,000 of the local’s money, pocketing amounts ranging from $200 to $400 at a time. During the same period, Hill returned some funds to the union, totaling approximately $20,000.

If convicted, Hill faces up to five years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on each count of the Information.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Mark J. Neylon, District Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Levenson of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



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