Union officials plead guilty to misdemeanor in VA embezzlement
10/23/2013 - The Exponent Telegram. By Matt Harvey.
Two union officials pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to a misdemeanor involving embezzled funds at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Janet Posey, president of the American Federal of Government Employees Local 2384 VA, and Linda Bland, vice president of the same union, were indicted in August.
On Tuesday, each was accused via a separate charging instrument called an information. Posey and Bland then pleaded guilty to a single count each of receipt and concealment of embezzled funds on federal property.
U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley will sentence the defendants at a later date. Restitution will be determined during the presentence investigation process.
Posey’s wrongdoing oc-curred from July 27, 2009, through Sept. 15, 2012, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogar alleged in the information against her.
Bland’s wrongdoing oc-curred from June 28, 2011, through Aug. 18, 2012, Cogar alleged in the information against her.
Less than $1,000 was received and concealed in each case, according to the charging documents.
Each defendant could face up to a year of incarceration, a fine of up to $100,000 and supervised release for up to a year, according to the plea agreements.
Ailynn Orteza, a Morgantown lawyer, represents Posey. Bland is represented by Federal Defender Brian Kornbrath.
The Office of Labor Management Standards, Pittsburgh, investigated.