Businessman admits embezzling union funds

Maryland Watch

June 08, 1996

The owner of a defunct Columbia printing company pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday to charges of conspiring with a maritime union official to embezzle nearly $400,000 from the union.

Ronald Schoop was charged last month with Harry Seidman, former comptroller of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, with conspiring to embezzle union money. The charges were contained in a criminal information, rather than an indictment, suggesting that Schoop cooperated with the government.

In support of Schoop's guilty plea, the U.S. attorney's office filed a stipulation of facts indicating Seidman caused the union to pay Schoop and his company, Mercury Graphics, money to which they were not entitled.

Seidman was indicted May 14 on charges of embezzlement and conspiracy to embezzle. That indictment charged that Seidman and Schoop conspired to embezzle about $800,000 from the union from 1978 through October 1993. Seidman's trial is scheduled for September.

The union's international headquarters, which employs 15 people, is in Linthicum Heights.

Pub Date: 6/08/96

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