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Former Union Official Pleads Guilty To Forgery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today that MATTHEW CUOMO, age 55, of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to Forgery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 513, before United States District Judge Lance M. Africk today. CUOMO faces a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.  Sentencing is set for January 27, 2021.

CUOMO was the former president of a local labor union for employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and worked at multiple airports in Louisiana and Mississippi. An audit in 2017 revealed that union funds were missing, and a subsequent investigation revealed that CUOMO forged checks from the union’s bank account and used union funds for personal expenses.  CUOMO forged approximately 50 checks, resulting in a loss of $15,000 to the local union. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the United States Department of Labor and the Transportation Security Administration for their investigation in this case. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Myles Ranier.

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Updated September 30, 2020

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