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Former Transportation Union Official Charged With Embezzling Union Funds

November 9 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Jefferson Hills, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of embezzlement and theft of labor union assets, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Derek David Klingman, 40, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Klingman was the  former Secretary-Treasurer of United Transportation Union where he embezzled $9,354.84 of union funds for his own use by writing and cashing unauthorized union checks.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five 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 offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The U.S. Department of Labor conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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