Massachusetts Boss Sentenced for Embezzling $24,500

U.S. Dist. Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton sentenced Clement H. Porter, II, ex-treasurer of LIUNA Local 243 in Auburn, Mass., Feb. 18 to one year and one day in federal prison and three years’ supervised release for embezzling union funds. He also ordered Porter to pay $24,595 in restitution and a $3,000 fine. Porter pled guilty Sept. 27 to embezzling $24,595 from Local 243 from Jul. 1994 to Dec. 1997. During the period, Porter alone maintained the union’s books.

A spot audit by the Dep’t of Labor discovered that funds received by Local 243 as dues and other payments far exceeded the amounts Porter deposited into the local’s bank account. Porter allegedly used union funds to pay “obviously” personal expenses.  These included payments for real estate insurance for his home and vacation properties, repairs to his Corvette, home repairs, a bartending course, a fine for his arrest for operating a vehicle after suspension of his license, and magazine subscriptions. [USAO D. Mass., Media Release, 2/18/00]

It appears that LIUNA’s failed “internal reform effort” and its ethically-challenged “in-house prosecutor” Robert D. Luskin had absolutely nothing to do with bringing Porter to justice.