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Former Labor Union Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

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

RICHMOND, Va. – An Emporia man pleaded guilty today to embezzlement and theft of labor union assets.

According to court documents, from April 2013 through April 2019, Anthony Jordan, 55, worked as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Division 26. Throughout the scheme, Jordan used his position and employment at Division 26 in order to steal money at the expense of the labor union. While serving as Division 26’s Secretary-Treasurer, a salaried position, Jordan embezzled funds from the union by writing unauthorized checks to himself from Division 26’s checking account, and by making unauthorized direct debits, ATM withdrawals, and cash back transactions from Division 26’s checking account.

In total, Jordan embezzled $30,519.76 from the union. He used the union’s funds to pay for personal expenses, such as for veterinary services, utilities, cell phone service, internet and cable, groceries, personal tax returns, convenience store transactions, and more.

Jordan is scheduled to be sentenced on September 8. He faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and potential financial penalties. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson accepted the plea.

The Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management, investigated this case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:22-cr-049.

Updated May 11, 2022

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