Communications Workers Secretary in Ohio Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty

cwa-logoOn September 16, Aaron Contreras, former financial secretary of Communications Workers of America Local 84749, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in an information count with embezzlement in the amount of $42,700 from the Fostoria, Ohio-based union. He then pleaded guilty on October 11. According to prosecutors, Contreras during January 2-December 10, 2015 embezzled funds “for which he prepared a false financial report on or about November 30, 2015 to conceal the embezzlement, and, with ATM withdrawal fees, resulting in a total loss to the union of $43,293.25.” The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Fostoria Police Department.