State Crime Reports

Rockford Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $250,000 from Union

ROCKFORD —(ENEWSPF)–August 9, 2016.  A Rockford resident pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard today to embezzling from a labor organization.

DAVID FLEURY, 49, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with embezzling more than $250,000 from Local 6 of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.

According to the written plea agreement, between January 2011 and May 2015, Fleury was President of Local 6 and managed the daily operation of the union local.  Although paid a salary in the form of weekly electronic deposits into his bank account, Fleury admitted in the plea agreement that he caused an additional 153 salary checks and electronic deposits totaling $284,286 to be paid to him.  Fleury also admitted to making $6,132 in unauthorized purchases on Local 6’s credit card, embezzling $4,585 in cash dues paid by Local 6 members, and failing to turn over additional reimbursement amounts related to his use of Local 6’s credit card for travel expenses.  In the plea agreement, Fleury stated that he used the embezzled funds to pay for personal expenses, gambling at casinos, and vacations.  Fleury also admitted to approving and signing false reports with the United States Department of Labor.

Fleury faces a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gross gain or gross loss resulting from the offense, whichever is greater, supervised release of up to three years, and probation of one to five years.  The judge must also order Fleury to pay full restitution to Local 6.  Sentencing for Fleury is set for Dec. 15, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

The guilty plea was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Purcell, District Director of the Chicago office of the United States Department of Labor – Office of Labor-Management Standards.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John G. McKenzie.

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