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Former Steelworkers Rep Admits Embezzling Union Funds

September 18, 2012

PITTSBURGH - A resident of St. Paul, Minn., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of union embezzlement, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Curtis Reed, 56, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Reed, a Staff Representative of the International Union of United Steelworkers stole approximately $3,700 from the union by charging personal expenses to the union credit and fuel cards over the five-year period from March of 2005 to May of 2010.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for Jan. 24, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a 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 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 that led to the prosecution of Reed.

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