Former BIW union official pleads guilty to embezzling $280,000

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PORTLAND (AP) — A former Maine machinists union official at Bath Iron Works who acknowledged embezzling $280,000 from the union has pleaded guilty.

Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Portland. The Portland Press Herald reported (http://bit.ly/2gNsor9 ) he will be sentenced at a later date.

Jones was secretary-treasurer when he allegedly made 199 unauthorized withdrawals from the bank account of Local S6 of the machinists union in Bath.

The union released a statement in August saying it had discovered the funds were missing and barred Jones from holding an elected union office.

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Jones and his attorney signed a plea agreement on Aug. 22. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Jones could also be ordered to pay restitution.

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