Former construction union leader admits embezzlement

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A former officer of a California construction workers union has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $160,000 in union funds.

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Edward Padilla used his position as secretary-treasurer and business manager to write unauthorized checks that were stamped with the union president's signature.

He was also accused of making personal expenditures on two of his union credit cards.

As part of a plea agreement, Padilla agreed to repay $168,000 to the Bakersfield union, of which he also served as president for a decade.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that he faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine when he is sentenced July 10.


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