Former Michigan APWU President Pleads Guilty To Making False Entries In Financial Records

On January 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Jesus Gonzales, former President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 300 (formerly Local 488-489), located in Lansing, Mich., pled guilty to making false entries in financial records required to be kept by the LMRDA, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.

Source: Dept. of Labor

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