Andrew Konspore couldn’t quite game the system. The former treasurer of Northeast Emergency Services Union, representing about 400 employees of American Medical Response of New Haven and Greater New Haven Transit Company, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on April 2 to five months in prison for embezzling funds from his union. Konspore, 34, who pleaded guilty last year, also will have to serve the first five months of supervised release in home confinement and pay $91,000 in restitution to the union.
Konspore embezzled funds by issuing undocumented union check disbursements to third parties. Prosecutors presented evidence that he had made out union checks payable to cash, and had made cash withdrawals from union checking and savings accounts. “Union officers who betray the trust of their constituents by embezzling union funds should expect to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor. (Associated Press, 4/3/07).