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Former Union Treasurer Charged with Fraud and Embezzlement

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Chisago City, Minnesota,, formerly of Western Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of embezzlement and fraud in violation of federal labor laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The two-count Indictment named Donald W. Byers, age 48, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, Byers, who is the former Treasurer for Division 287 of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) which is located in Ashville, Pennsylvania, embezzled over $45,000 from union funds, and created fraudulent records to conceal his embezzlement.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of $10,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 14, 2023

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