Former union president sentenced for bribery -

Former union president sentenced for bribery

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay back $10,000 after pleading guilty to bribery charges.

The sentence for 64-year-old Edward W. Rodzwicz (Rodz-wick) was announced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. The union, which includes 55,000 members who are railroad employees, is a division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Rodzwicz pleaded guilty in March.

Federal prosecutors say Rodzwicz solicited a payment from an attorney in exchange for allowing the attorney to maintain the ability to handle injury cases under the Federal Employers Liability Act.

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