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Treasurer of Hudson ironworkers local gets 30 months for embezzling $560,000

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: The former secretary treasurer of Jersey City-based Local 45 of the International Association Of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $560,000 from the union to help feed a gambling addiction.

James J. Kearney Jr., a 44-year-old ironworker from Bayonne, was responsible for maintaining all of the local’s financial books and records for the 280-member union, including the depositing of receipts and the disbursement of funds.

From January 2009 through September 2010, Kearney admitted in court, he withdrew roughly $471,000 in cash directly from the local’s Bank of America general fund account.

He said he also failed to deposit $90,365 in receipts from membership dues, other fees and monies received from the union’s annual dinner dance.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson sentenced Kearney to three years of
supervised release and ordered him to pay $561,000 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney Paul S. Fishman credited investigators of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of
Labor Management Standards, New York District Office with the investigation that led to the sentencing. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney V. Grady O’Malley, Senior Litigation Counsel of the Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.

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