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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 12, 2016

Former Labor Union Officer Pleads Guilty

William Dixon Admits to Embezzling Over $4,000

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A former officer in a local labor union pled guilty today to federal embezzlement charges, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

William Dixon, 41, of Castlewood, Virginia, waived his right to be indicted and pled guilty today to a one count Information charging him with embezzling funds from a labor organization.

“Labor unions have been in place for centuries to ensure fair working conditions for employees, not to line the pockets of union officers,” United States Attorney Fishwick said today.

Dixon admitted today that from October 2015 through April 2016, while serving as the secretary/treasurer for a labor union in Lebanon, Virginia, of which he was a member of, he embezzled $4,338.

At sentencing, Dixon faces a maximum sentence of imprisonment for a term of five years and a fine of $250,000.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards.  Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated December 12, 2016