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Former Union President Ordered to Serve Probation and Pay Restitution for Embezzling Union Funds

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Defendant Used Stolen Money for Personal Purchases

            WASHINGTON – Crystal R. Mathis, the former president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1812, was sentenced to 12 months, suspended, and three years of probation for embezzling funds from the union.  The sentence was announced today by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Mark Wheeler, Director of the Washington District Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards.

            Mathis, 51, of Cheverly, Maryland, pleaded guilty in February 2023, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to one count of first-degree theft. She was sentenced by the Honorable Errol R. Arthur, who also ordered her to pay more than $10,000 in restitution to the union and ordered three years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, Mathis used her position as president of a local union of federal employees of the U.S Agency for Global Media to improperly access the union’s bank account between December 17, 2019, and June 21, 2021. During that period, Mathis made more than 35 separate unauthorized purchases, withdrawals or bill payments to fund personal vacations, dinners, and expenses.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Graves and District Director Wheeler commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Benjamin D. Bleiberg and Brian P. Kelly, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated April 25, 2023

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 23-220