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2 Former Union Officials Convicted

July 26, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two former high-ranking union officials were convicted Tuesday of stuffing ballot boxes to win passage of an unpopular labor contract for city employees in 1996.

Albert Diop was convicted of scheming to defraud and falsifying business records, but acquitted of forgery. Martin Lubin was found guilty of scheming to defraud and forgery.

Lubin allegedly personally filled out some of the 5,000 ballots printed for the rigged vote. A witness testified he also helped mark ballots _ switching pens and using both his right and left hands to help disguise the fraud.

Lubin and Diop were top officials of District Council 37. The contract for the council’s 120,000 members provided for no layoffs, but the rank-and-file disliked it because it contained no raises for two years.

Lawyers for both men, free on bail until sentencing Sept. 7, said they plan to appeal. Both face up to seven years in prison.

Diop was forced by the council’s parent union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, to resign after he was unable to account for $2 million in union funds. He is scheduled for trial in September on larceny charges.

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