New Jersey Rail Workers Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

Rail workersAt least Richard Klemser won’t have to do much prison time. Klemser, 44, formerly treasurer of International Association of Machinists Local 1041, was sentenced on August 11 to a one-year prison term for embezzlement. During January 2004-March 2008, federal prosecutors alleged, Klemser stole about $64,000 from the West Long Branch, N.J. union, which represents employees of NJ Transit, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Conrail. He had pleaded guilty in January. Under the sentencing agreement, he also will have to make full restitution. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.