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Erie Man Pleads Guilty To Embezzling From Communications Workers Union

August 5, 2010

ERIE, Pa. ‑ Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, August 5, 2010, that Antonio Jordan, a resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of embezzlement from a labor organization.

Jordan, age 38, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini advised the court that during the approximate four year period between March 5, 2005 and February 25, 2009, while he was employed as a Treasurer for Communications Workers of America, AFL‑CIO, local union number 38187, Jordan embezzled $8,767.40 by using a credit card assigned by the union for personal expenses which were then paid for with union funds maintained in union accounts.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for November 22, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Jordan on bond. The United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jordan.

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