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Former Steelworkers Union Political Director Charged with Embezzlement

September 11, 2012

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

The 18-count indictment named Charles Rocha, 43, as the sole defendant.

According to the 18-count indictment, Rocha, the former Director of the Political Department of the United Steelworkers International Union (USW) engaged in misuse of a USW credit card and falsification of semi-monthly USW voucher entries from January of 2008 until June of 2009.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence at each count 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 offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Leo M. Dillon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards 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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