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Las Vegas Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Monies from Postal Workers Union

May 17, 2002

Las Vegas, Nev. - Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, announced that DEBORAH PARTIDA pleaded guilty on May 17, 2002, before United States District Court Judge Roger Hunt in Las Vegas to felony charges of Embezzlement and Theft of Labor Union Assets, in violation of Title 29 United States Code, Section 501(c). PARTIDA was indicted by a federal Grand Jury in Las Vegas on March 12, 2002, and charged with two counts of Embezzlement and Theft of Labor Union Assets and two counts of False Statements. PARTIDA pleaded guilty to Count One of the Indictment.

PARTIDA, a resident of Las Vegas, served as Treasurer of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 761 in Las Vegas from 1995 to 1999. Local 761 represents approximately 1050 members, all of whom work for the United States Postal Service in the greater Las Vegas area. From 1996 to 1999, PARTIDA also served as Treasurer of the APWU Nevada State Association, which represents members of various APWU locals in the state of Nevada. As Treasurer of the Union and Association, PARTIDA was a signatory on the bank accounts and had custody of the checkbooks. PARTIDA was also responsible for paying the union and association's bills, maintaining the financial records, and filing annual financial reports with the Department of Labor.

According to the Plea Memorandum, from about mid-1995 to about September 1999, PARTIDA embezzled approximately $200,000 of the assets of the APWU by making unauthorized payments by check and credit cards to herself and her creditors. PARTIDA concealed the unauthorized transactions by under-reporting the payments made to her on annual financial reports she filed for the union and association.

PARTIDA is facing up to five years in federal prison, a $10,000 fine, and will also be required to make restitution to the union and association. The actual sentence will be dictated by the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of factors, and will be imposed in the discretion of the Court. PARTIDA is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Hunt on September 6, 2002, at 11:00 a.m.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the United States Department of Labor Office of Labor-Management Standards, San Francisco District Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin J. Roberts.

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