Part-Time Financial Secretary for ATU Union Embezzles $117,000 from Union Coffers

Angel Luis Garcia, 57, of Tampa, Florida, former financial secretary of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1614 in Dover, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling from the union when he appeared before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in a video proceeding, Carpenito said in a release.

Garcia was charged on Dec. 5, 2019 in U.S. District Court in New Jersey with one count of embezzlement of $117,000 from the union. The charges resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and special agents from the department’s New York region.

Garcia withdrew approximately $117,000 from the union’s three bank accounts to pay for his rent, utilities, telephone and other personal goods and services, without approval of union executives, officials said.

Embezzlement carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited the investigators of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, under the direction of Adriana Vamvakas, Regional Director; and special agents of the Department of Labor (OIG), New York Region, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Mikulka, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.