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Late Union Presidentís Astonishing $800K Theft
HotAir ^ | April 24, 2013 | Mike Antonucci

Posted on 04/24/2013 12:18:37 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

When former Auburn Teachers Association (ATA) president Sally Jo Widmer passed away last November after more than 35 years at the helm of the small New York teachers’ union, former Auburn mayor Guy Cosentino eulogized her as “a true union leader who put her union first and personal niceties second.”

That’s because Cosentino didn’t have access to her checkbook.

Members were informed this week that Widmer misappropriated at least $800,000 in union dues during the period 2006-2012. “It appears that money earmarked for the Association was instead used for meals, gasoline, trips, gambling, clothing, grocery shopping – and for cash advances,” wrote new ATA president Cheryl Miskell. ”Because some old financial records are unavailable, we may never know the full extent of the misappropriations.”

This prodigious feat of embezzlement was accomplished in a union of 390 members, whose share of dues income ranged from $89,000 to $132,000 per year. It is highly likely that Widmer stole money earmarked for transfer to the New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers (similar to a case in Maryland). NYSUT records indicate that ATA was consistently behind on its dues payments by approximately $55,000 each year.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: New York
KEYWORDS: theft; union

1 posted on 04/24/2013 12:18:37 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It’s gettin pretty bad when you can’t even trust your Local union thug anymore....


2 posted on 04/24/2013 12:21:16 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: stephenjohnbanker

bump


3 posted on 04/24/2013 12:23:04 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Astonishing” only in that the amount was so small. Shows a total lack of ambition.


4 posted on 04/24/2013 12:24:21 PM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Widmer was a fixture in the community who also served as secretary of the area’s NAACP branch.
Holder's people!?
5 posted on 04/24/2013 12:28:56 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You know it’s really bad when the thieves are stealing from other thieves.


6 posted on 04/24/2013 12:30:45 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This can’t be true because everyone knows that union leaders are selfless and devoted to the poor working class striving to protect them from greedy capitalists and always putting the workers first.

Do I really need to put a /s?


7 posted on 04/24/2013 12:35:39 PM PDT by Bullish (May the time soon come when Obamunism is only spoken of in hell.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
This is actually the rule, not the exception.
8 posted on 04/24/2013 12:43:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

She outsmarted all of them by passing away.


9 posted on 04/24/2013 12:48:07 PM PDT by moovova
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Regulation of unions is so lax it isn’t funny. A company or charity of similar size would be required to have audits and financial statements. This union had nothing to stop this woman from using union dues as her personal piggy bank for years. Its outrageous but nothing will ever come of it. It will be treated as a local, isolated incident and since she’s dead, nothing more will happen.


10 posted on 04/24/2013 1:25:42 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: kevkrom

“Astonishing” only in that the amount was so small. Shows a total lack of ambition.”””

Union only had 390 members!!!

That’s alot of embzzlement for 390 members!!!


11 posted on 04/24/2013 2:04:52 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Is my interpretation that the union members make 89 to 132 thousand dollars each per year correct?


12 posted on 04/24/2013 2:08:18 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

let me see, are we talking about mobsters or unions, I can never seem to get the two straight, they always “look” so much alike


13 posted on 04/24/2013 2:10:56 PM PDT by Wuli (very)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I forget some of the details, but there was an episode of “American Greed” with Stacy Keach a couple of weeks ago about a woman who did they same thing, but about 50 times as worse. I think she stole more than 30 million.


14 posted on 04/24/2013 2:11:18 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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It appears there is vastly more than ‘a’ sucker born every minute.
15 posted on 04/24/2013 2:14:21 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
My father had quit the Barbers Union back in the 1940s over some kind of dispute that he never explained to me. In the 1960s he rejoined because the union had set up what looked like a good retirement program. By the time he was ready to retire, it turned out the pension fund had been looted by the union leadership. Dad never got a dime from the union. It's an old story.
16 posted on 04/24/2013 3:00:18 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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