Albuquerque Local AFGE President Sentenced for Fraud

afge logo_0On November 2, Fidel Garza, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2063, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico to four months in prison, three years of supervised probation and four months of home confinement for defrauding the Albuquerque-based local. Garza had been indicted in December 2008 on 58 counts of wire fraud of about $84,000 from the local and another 58 counts of deprivation of honest services; he eventually pleaded guilty. As part of the sentencing agreement, Garza also will have to pay $77,457.89 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, Postal Service and Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.