U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
January 24, 2012
Former International Union Vice President Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud and Tax Charges
PROVIDENCE, R.I. –Kenneth Aurecchia, 63, of Johnston, R.I., a former regional vice president of the United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence today to wire fraud and tax charges. Aurecchia admitted that he fraudulently received more than $100,000 from various union and non-union entities by obtaining duplicate expense reimbursements, and that he failed to pay nearly $18,000 in federal taxes. Aurecchia was charged by way of an Information on December 1, 2011.
Aurecchia’s guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Robert L. Panella, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Region of the Department of Labor – Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations (OLRFI); and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston office of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations.
According to information presented to the court, Aurecchia has held positions with the international union and local 51 of the labor organization located in East Providence, R.I., as well as with various union related committees and trust funds since 2000. Aurecchia admitted that on numerous occasions he traveled to conferences and attended functions related to his positions, and fraudulently applied for and obtained multiple reimbursements for related expenses totaling $107,515. Aurecchia also admitted to the court that he failed to pay $17,886 in taxes to the IRS for tax years 2005- 2007.
Aurecchia faces a sentence of up to 23 years in federal prison, 4 years of supervised release and a fine of $350,000 when he is sentenced on April 26, 2012, by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard B. Myrus with the assistance of Trial Attorney Vincent Falvo, Jr. of the United States Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Gang Section.
The matter was investigated by the Department of Labor’s OLRFI, Office of Labor Management Standards, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service-Office of Investigations.