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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Former Treasurer of Labor Union Sentenced for Embezzling Union Dues and Filing False Report with Department of Labor


Jeffrey Magelitz, 44, of Chester, Illinois, was sentenced to two years of probation, six months of home detention and 100 hours of community service as a result of his convictions in a two-count Indictment that charged embezzlement and theft from a labor union and for filing a false report with the Department of Labor, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced today. Magelitz made complete restitution prior to being sentenced. Magelitz was the former treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 415 in Vienna, Illinois from January of 2012 through June of 2013. AFSCME Local 415 represents employees at the Vienna Correction Center, located in Vienna, Illinois. Magelitz embezzled approximately $30,000 and prepared and cashed unauthorized checks for himself and forged the signatures of the president and vice-president of the union on the checks. Magelitz also submitted a false annual report for the union which contained the forged signature of the president and falsely reported the amount of money that he received during the year.

The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, with the assistance of the labor union. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Norman R. Smith.

Financial Fraud
Updated December 6, 2016