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Man who embezzled from union gets 18 months in prison

September 20, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who admitted embezzling from his union has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

U.S. District Court records say 54-year-old Theodore Watson had pleaded guilty to embezzlement and mail fraud. He was sentenced Tuesday in Des Moines and ordered to pay restitution of more than $125,000.

The Altoona resident was employed as business manager for Local 74 of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers.

Prosecutors say Watson took cash advances and made unauthorized purchases on a union credit card and then submitted altered credit card statements and false monthly reports to the union.

Prosecutors also say Watson defrauded United Way of Central Iowa by sending fraudulent requests for grant funds to train adults.

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