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Former Ironworkers Treasurer Sentenced For Stealing Union Funds

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Scott Russell Merritt, 41, of Celoron, NY, who was convicted of theft from a labor union, was sentenced to serve two years probation and ordered to pay restitution totaling $50,850.21 by U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who handled the case, stated that between May 2011, and August 2018, the defendant was the treasurer of Ironworkers Local 470. As treasurer, Merritt embezzled $50,850.21 in union funds to pay various personal expenses.  

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, under the direction of the Boston-Buffalo District Director Jonathan Russo.

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Updated August 18, 2021

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