Former Rockford Union Local President Sentenced to Federal Prison
ROCKFORD — A former union local president was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard to federal prison for embezzling from the union.
DAVID FLEURY, 50, of Rockford, was sentenced to two years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Fleury was also ordered to pay full restitution of $318,036 to Local 6 of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. Judge Reinhard granted the government’s request that it use funds in Fleury’s retirement account to pay restitution. Fleury had pleaded guilty on August 9, 2016, to embezzlement.
Fleury was the president of Local 6 from 2009 until 2015. In his written plea agreement, Fleury admitted that between January 2011 and May 2015, he embezzled over $250,000 from Local 6. He did so, according to the plea agreement, by having additional salary checks paid to him, using a union credit card for his personal expenses, siphoning off union dues that had been paid in cash, and using his union credit card to pay for travel expenses related to various union funds and keeping the reimbursements he received from those funds. Fleury admitted to using the embezzled monies to pay for personal expenses, including vacations and gambling at casinos. Fleury also admitted to signing false reports with the United States Department of Labor.
The sentencing was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Purcell, District Director of the Chicago office of the United States Department of Labor – Office of Labor-Management Standards.
The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John G. McKenzie.