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Postal Workers Union Chief Charged With Embezzling Labor Funds

March 16, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 16, 2010, that Barbara Patton, of Somerset, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of embezzlement of monies or funds from a labor organization.

The one-count indictment named Patton, age 57, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from June 1, 2007, to November 30, 2008, Patton, while serving as President and Vice-President of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, Local 4469, used her union business credit card for personal charges and expenses to which she was not entitled, thereby causing approximately $2,015.78 to be drawn from the American Postal Workers Union checking account.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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