Ex-Local Pres. Pleads Guilty in PA Fed. Ct.

Albert Dishong confessed on Jan. 10 to embezzling about $30,000 from a Johnstown steelworkers union. He entered his plea in the U.S. Dist. Ct. in Pittsburgh.

Dishong became president of Local 2635 of the United Steel Wrkrs. union in Jan. 1998. In April 2000, he defeated Dennis Conahan in an election. But a union panel found that Dishong took advantage of his office by obtaining the names of laid-off workers, and including his campaign stickers in meeting notices. A new election was ordered and Conahan won by 105 votes. As Conahan took office, an audit of the Local’s finances revealed that Dishong had submitted false vouchers for work time lost doing union business. “He was double-dipping,” said Conahan.

Under the plea agreement, Dishong pled guilty to one count of violating 29 U.S.C., Sec. 501(c). He will be required to pay restitution, although U.S. Dist. Judge Terrence F. McVerry (W.D. PA) may not require full repayment of the stolen funds at Dishong’s April 4 sentencing.  Asst. U.S. Attny. Paul Brysh said that he will recommend a light sentence for Dishong because of his acceptance of responsibility. [U.S.A.O. W.D. PA  1/10/03, Johnstown Tribune-Democrat  1/14/03]

Ex-Treasurer Charged with More Embezzlement in WI State Court
The Ex-Treasurer of the Appleton Prof. Police Assn. was ordered on Jan. 13 to stand trial for a second round of embezzlement charges. Woodard had been convicted of embezzling $7,919 from the union in July 2001, and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. But subsequent audits revealed that he had embezzled three times that much between 1996 and 2000. Woodard will enter his plea for the alleged theft of $24,000 from the union on Jan. 21 in the Outagamie County Circuit Ct. [Appleton Post Crescent 1/14/03]