Ex-union secretary accused of embezzlement to plead guilty

November 27, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former business manager and financial secretary for a Rhode Island union is expected to plead guilty to charges he embezzled between $250,000 and $550,000 in union funds.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Rhode Island said Monday that 42-year-old Richard D’Antuono has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in the case. Court documents show a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

Federal prosecutors allege D’Antuono embezzled funds from a local plasters and cement mason’s union for two years beginning in 2015. The money was taken from an apprentice fund used to finance training programs for apprentice plasterers and masons.

They say D’Antuono made checks out to himself and had the authorized signatories sign blank checks.

D’Antuono’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request seeking comment on Monday.

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