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Ex-police officer charged with stealing from union account

March 23, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A former city police officer is accused of stealing more than $220,000 from the police union account he was supposed to manage.

The Berkshire Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1MmGtFg) 43-year-old Jeffrey Coco was arraigned Wednesday on charges of embezzlement, fraud and forgery.

Coco was with the department for 18 years and served as the treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 447.

Police say Coco withdrew funds for personal use. The alleged thefts occurred between January 2011 and July 2015.

Coco was fired Nov. 24 after an internal investigation.

He’s due back in court May 10.

Coco’s attorney, Lori Levinson, wouldn’t comment on the charges but says she’s disappointed that her client was arrested and brought to court in handcuffs and shackles given that he’s been cooperative.

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