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FORMER UNION SECRETARY/TREASURER CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a criminal information and plea agreement have been filed against William Wyda, age 51, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, charging him with Embezzlement and Theft of Labor Union Assets.

     The charges stem from an investigation initiated in April of 2009 by the U.S. Department of Labor - Management Standards.

      According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Wyda served as the elected secretary/treasurer of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 253 from December 2006 to March 2009. It is alleged that, from January 2007 to March 2009, Wyda issued dozens of unauthorized union checks to himself and others totaling of approximately $14,000.

     If convicted, Wyda could be imprisoned for a maximum term of 5 years and fined in the amount of $10,000.

     Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

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