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Friday, September 12, 2014

Former Union President Pleads GuiltyTo Embezzling Funds From VA Employees

TOPEKA, KAN. - The former president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local Union 906 pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $51,000 from union members in Topeka and Waco, Texas, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Timothy Sanchez, 40, Topeka, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement. In his plea, he admitted the crimes occurred while he was president of the labor union, which represents approximately 200 active members who are employed at the Veterans Administration Health Resource Center in Topeka and Waco.

While Sanchez served as president, he embezzled funds from the union by making unauthorized debit card charges for expense reimbursements, writing unauthorized checks for his own benefit, and filing false meeting minutes and annual financial reports with the Department of Labor to conceal his embezzlement.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 25. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.  The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Labor-Management Standards investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Hathaway is prosecuting.

Updated December 15, 2014