For a while anyway, a union credit card was Kevin Sherlock’s ticket to the good life. Now it’s the ticket to what may be his prison sentence. On Thursday, November 6, Sherlock, former secretary-treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers Local Branch 272, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to using two union-issued credit cards to ring up about $45,000 in illegal charges. Sherlock, 53, a resident of Hopatcong, N.J., who worked in that community’s post office, admitted that during 2001-05 he made unauthorized charges for food, liquor, gasoline and other items. The union, based in Newton, N.J., represents about 200 postal workers in Morris and Sussex Counties.
Sherlock is the second Local 272 official to cop a plea. This July, former President David Denman admitted in federal court that he used union-issued credit cards to make about $20,000 in unauthorized purchases. Denman, 55, a resident of Morristown, used his cards to pay for sporting goods, massages, gym dues and furniture. Both men have retired from the U.S. Postal Service and are free on bail pending sentencing. “These defendants had a responsibility to use the union’s assets for the benefit of the members,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Romankow. “Instead, they breached their positions of trust and lined their pockets.” The guilty pleas follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department and the U.S. Postal Service. (Newark Star-Ledger, 11/7/08).