Former APG union treasurer pleads guilty in misuse of funds

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November 15, 2005|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A former union treasurer at Aberdeen Proving Ground who used $40,000 in members' funds for his personal gain pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to one count of making false statements.

Henry Michael Turner, 40, of Baltimore faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and three years of supervised release when he is sentenced Jan. 18 by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz.

According to the statement of facts presented to the court, Turner served from 1998 to May 2003 as treasurer of the National Federation of Federal Employees Local Union 2058, which represents internal security guards at the military installation in Edgewood.

During that time, he made unauthorized withdrawals and wrote unauthorized checks for his personal benefit from the local's bank accounts, according to court papers. In order to conceal his activities, prosecutors said, Turner stated he had assets of $39,706 in 2001, when, in fact, he knew that the assets were significantly lower.

The loss to the union was $40,474, for which Turner has agreed to make restitution.

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