Plasterers Business Manager in Rhode Island Sentenced for $300K+ Scam

On May 11, Richard D’Antuono, former business manager and financial secretary for Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association Local 40, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island to three years of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling a combined $319,795 in funds from the Cranston-based union and a related benefit plan, forging the signatures of other union officials in the process. He also was ordered to pay full restitution plus a $300 special assessment. D’Antuono had pleaded guilty in January after being charged last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration.