Man admits bilking union for prison workers - KMOV.com

Man admits bilking union for prison workers

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- September sentencing is set for a southwestern Illinois union official who admits he stole nearly $187,000 from a prison correctional officers' union between 2001 and last year.

Thirty-nine-year-old Don Padgett of Granite City pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to a mail fraud count.

Authorities say Padgett was secretary and treasurer of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1304 when he issued unauthorized checks payable to himself.

He also is accused of making unauthorized purchases on the union's credit card and falsified financial reports filed with the U.S. Labor Department.

Local 1304 represents corrections officers at the federal prison in Greenville.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 4.

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