Machinists Treasurer Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Nearly $175,000

Guilty plea from woman in Modesto union embezzlement
Rosalio Ahumada | Modesto Bee
Sept. 02, 2011

A Stockton woman on Friday in federal court pleaded guilty to stealing money from a Modesto machinists union, the U.S. attorneys office in Sacramento reported.

Tracy Ford, 47, pleaded guilty to embezzling labor union assets and submitting a false financial report to federal authorities. Prosecutors said Ford agreed to pay full restitution and forfeit assets totaling $174,900.

Ford worked as secretary-treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 1528 in Modesto. Ford embezzled $174,900 in unauthorized salary and benefits, some of it used to pay for health insurance for a former union officer, according to the plea agreement.

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