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Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $304,903 From Labor Union

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Denise E. Kovacs (60, Clermont) has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Kovacs faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 21, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Wendy W. Berger.

According to court documents, Kovacs was the bookkeeper at Plumbers AFL-CIO Local 803, a labor union that represents plumbers and pipefitters in central Florida. During a nearly five-year period of employment, Kovacs stole $43,777 in cash from union dues and charged $261,126 in expenses on the union’s credit card. To conceal her theft, Kovacs altered internal business records which kept union officials in the dark about her ongoing embezzlement of funds.

This case was investigated by the Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Felicetta.

Updated March 6, 2023

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