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Union Official Sentenced to Probation with Home Confinement for Embezzlement

March 28, 2014

PITTSBURGH – A Butler County resident was sentenced on Thursday in federal court to three years probation, including six months home confinement, and restitution of $13,496.00 on his conviction of embezzlement from a labor union, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Court Nora Barry Fischer imposed sentence upon Duane Rill, of Cranberry Township, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, Rill, a Secretary-Treasurer of the Berry Metal Employees’ Association, an independent union, stole $13,496.00 from the union by writing and cashing unauthorized union checks and by making an unauthorized cash withdrawal during the period from March 23, 2007, to November 20, 2009.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Rill.

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