Former West Virginia APWU Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement from a Labor Organization

On April 12, 2024, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Jason T. Weaver, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 1509 (located in Beckley, W. Va.), was sentenced to five years of probation, and was ordered to pay $2,896 in restitution. On November 2, 2023, Weaver pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.

PEN’s previous coverage is below.

West Virginia APWU Official Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

BECKLEY, W.Va. – 11/02/23 – Jason Todd Weaver, 50, of Mount Hope, pleaded guilty today to embezzlement of funds by an officer of a labor organization.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 29, 2021, Weaver used his position as secretary/treasurer of Local Union 1509 of the American Postal Workers Union to write out a check for $352.62 to himself from Local 1509’s Beckley bank account. Weaver signed his name as an authorized account signatory and forged the name of another union officer who was also an authorized account signatory.

Weaver admitted that he knew he was not entitled to the money, and that he deposited the check into his personal bank account. Weaver further admitted to writing 12 other checks totaling $2,679.32 from Local 1509’s bank account to himself and forging the names of other authorized account signatories between April 25, 2016, and May 19, 2021.

Weaver is scheduled to be sentenced on February 9, 2024, and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the United States Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS).

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan T. Storage is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:23-cr-130.

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