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May 20, 2022

Franklinton Man Charged with Stealing Union Funds

Brian Gerald, age 50 and a resident of Franklinton, was charged yesterday (March 19, 2022) in a one count indictment for embezzling assets of a local labor union, announced United States Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court records, Gerald held the position of Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers Local 13-189. According to the indictment, from on or about May 25, 2018 and continuing through on or about September 8, 2020, Gerald embezzled $112,594.18 from the union account.

If convicted, Gerald faces a up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Click here to read the indictment

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