LIUNA Treasurer in Central California Sentenced for Theft

On August 21, Edward Padilla, former secretary-treasurer/business manager for Laborers International Union of North America Local 220, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to 21 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling $168,780 in funds from the Bakersfield-based union during September 2012-December 2014. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Padilla had been charged in early March, and pleaded guilty near the end of the month. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.