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Bookkeeper Charged With Embezzling Union Funds

June 5, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Beaver, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of embezzlement from a labor organization, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Deborah Small, 62, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from in and around February 2007 to in and around September 2010, Small, while employed as a bookkeeper, embezzled money in excess of $10,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 712.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 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 offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

Investigators of the United States 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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