Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Jersey Man Sentenced For Role In $784K Postal Service Union Embezzlement Scheme

John McGovern, 55, currently of Hawthorne, New Jersey and formerly of Ridgewood, New Jersey, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for embezzling $783,931 from the North Jersey Area Local 190 of the American Postal Workers International Union where he had served as secretary-treasurer. According to authorities, McGovern conspired with the union's former president, Gary G. Weightman, 58, of Keansburg, New Jersey, to siphon payroll funds by issuing additional additional pay to themselves as well as reimbursing themselves for non-existent or personal expenses. The scheme spanned a two and a half year period, from April 2000 to October 2002. McGovern pleaded guilty last November to one count of conspiracy to embezzle from a union. He is reported to have spent much of the ill-gotten gains at casinos in Atlantic City. Weightman has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and is due to be sentenced for his part on June 10, 2011. The two were originally arrested in February 2006.

Read the story here, here and here.

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