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September 7, 2017

Former Local S6 treasurer pleads guilty to embezzling $280K

Acting U.S. Attorney Richard W. Murphy announced that Ryan Jones, 34, a former secretary-treasurer of Local S6, a labor union at Bath Iron Works, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to embezzling $280,865 from the union over a four-year period.

Jones faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. He also will be ordered to pay full restitution to the union.

According to court records, Jones, a resident of Bath, was the secretary-treasurer of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge S6 from 2009 until January 2017. His tenure ended when he failed to win re-election.

In January, the newly elected union officials discovered discrepancies with union finances. The ensuing federal investigation revealed that the defendant made almost 200 unauthorized withdrawals from the union's bank account, fabricated monthly bank statements to conceal his withdrawals, provided the fabricated bank statements to union auditors to deceive them and embezzled about $280,865 between May 2012 and November 2016.

The investigation was conducted by the Bath Police Department, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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