March 25, 2010
AMERICAN POSTAL WORKER’S UNION (APWU) OFFICER CHARGED
WITH EMBEZZLEMENT OF UNION FUNDS AND WIRE FRAUD
(HOUSTON) – The former Southern Region Coordinator of the American Postal Worker’s Union (APWU) has been charged with embezzlement of union funds and wire fraud, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. The two count indictment was returned on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.
Frankie L. Sanders, 46, of Houston, Texas, who held various offices with the APWU between 1992 and 2006 including the office of Southern Region Coordinator, surrendered to federal authorities this morning and is expected to make his initial appearance before a U. S. Magistrate Judge this afternoon.
According to the indictment, the American Postal Worker’s Union (APWU) is a national labor organization based in Washington, D.C. serving 262,000 mail service employees with five regional offices. The office for the Southern Region is located in Houston, Texas. Sanders served as the APWU Southern Region Coordinator from Feb. 4, 2004 through October 2006 and supervised a trusteeship of APWU Local 83 in New Orleans from December 2005 to March 2006.
The indictment alleges that Sanders embezzled more than $10,000 in union funds between July 2003 and through May 2006 by creating and submitting more than 20 false hotel receipts to the APWU national headquarters for reimbursement. The allegedly false reimbursement claims submitted by Sanders were paid by the APWU via wire transfer of funds and totaled approximately $13,145.
Sanders is currently employed as a postal clerk in downtown Houston.
The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Labor-Management Standards. Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Tammie Y. Moore is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
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