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Union President Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

August 5, 1988

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The president of a union of U.S. Postal Service employees pleaded guilty today to five of 50 counts of federal charges that he embezzled $99,000 in union funds and made false reports in union records.

Herbert Walker, 45, of Cincinnati, president of the Post Office Mail Handlers union since December, was accused of embezzling from 1983 to 1985 while head of Local 304 in Cincinnati, representing workers in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Sentencing by U.S. District Judge Joseph Kinneary was expected in about three weeks.

A June 16 indictment alleged that Walker deposited checks payable to Local 304 in his personal bank account and wrote checks to himself from union accounts. He allegedly altered records to make it appear the checks to himself were for union expenses.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Crites said a union audit had revealed that money was missing.

Walker faces a fine of $10,000 and five years in prison on each of two counts of embezzlement, and a $10,000 fine and one year in prison on each of two counts of making false entries in union books and one count of signing a false labor-management report.

Local 304 represents 3,200 workers. Walker was president of the local for eight years.

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