Former High-Ranking UFCW Boss Charged with Embezzlement

Former UFCW union president charged with embezzlement
July 12, 2011

The former president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Northeastern District Council has been charged with embezzling more than $200,000 from the union, the United States Attorneys office announced Monday.

Ernest Milewski, 61, of West Pittston, is charged with theft of labor union assets and theft from a health care benefit program, federal authorities said.

Milewski served as president of the UFCWs Northeastern District Council, based in Wilkes-Barre, between 1996 and May of 2008, authorities said. He is accused of writing unauthorized union checks to himself and receiving unauthorized expense reimbursements by double billing the International and District Council. Federal authorities say he also embezzled money from a fund set up by the union to assist in the payment of medical and health related costs of union members.

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