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Former Secretary Treasurer of ILA Local 1233 Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Union Funds in Federal Court

February 6, 2013

           Former ILA Local 1233 Secretary Treasurer Gregory “Ronnie” Taylor appeared before Judge Joel A. Pisano in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey today. Taylor pleaded guilty to Count 26 of an indictment that charged him with issuing a vacation check for $7,852 to himself without authorization. Taylor also admitted that between 2007 and 2010, while secretary-treasurer, he embezzled a total of $71,000 by improperly cashing duplicate paychecks, as well as other checks from the union’s operating account, including for unauthorized credit card expenditures.

           The charge to which Taylor pleaded carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced on May 6, 2013.

           Taylor had been arrested on September 15, 2011 for stealing more than $100,000 in union funds for his personal use. The case was investigated by the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor and the United States Department of Labor. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey is prosecuting the case.

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