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Former ATU Local President Pleads To Theft Of Union Funds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Latrobe, Pa., pleaded guilty to theft of union funds and submitting false records, in violation of federal labor‑management laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Donald Kotouch, 52, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

According to information presented to the court, between 2005 and 2009, Kotouch, as president of ATU Local 1738, embezzled approximately $18,806.27 in union funds for items such as office rent, membership expenses, and other undocumented or unauthorized expenses which served no union benefit.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of six years in prison, a fine of $20,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case for the government.

Investigators from the United States Department of Labor conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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