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2012-02-16 / Local News

Labor boss sentenced for embezzlement

The man convicted of embezzling more than $30,000 from a Cheektowaga labor union will spend most of the next year confined to his home.

Guy Masocco, 62, of Buffalo was sentenced to 10 months of home detention and three years of probation by U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara on Tuesday. Masocco was also ordered to pay $31,700 in restitution.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Masocco was the union president of the Local 897, which represents more than 100 members employed at ITT Heat Transfer in Cheektowaga. From December 2004 through November 2009, he allegedly used his union credit card for personal expenses. In addition, he also submitted claims to the union for reimbursement of wages he claimed he lost while conducting union business.

A review of company payroll records revealed Masocco was paid for some of the same days and times he was reimbursed by the union, according to investigators. As a result, the government estimated that his actions cost members of Local 897 approximately $31,700.

“Our Office is committed to ensuring that members of labor unions will not be defrauded or victimized by their officers,” said U.S. Attorney William Hochul.

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