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Past union leader facing white collar crimes charges

A man who once held the position of president of the United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) has been charged with serious crimes in connection to his actions while serving in that position. Court documents reveal that the 50-year-old man is accused of white collar crimes including fraud. Those acts were allegedly conducted during the years he served members of the labor organization.

According to court documents, the former president of the UGSOA stole nearly $67,000 from the union. Those funds were allegedly withdrawn by means of hundreds of electronic transfers over the course of a year. The UGSOA is tasked with looking after the interests of security officers who work in state agencies throughout the area. The union's headquarters are located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

These types of white collar crimes are taken very seriously within the federal court system, and rightfully so. That said, not every accusation of wrongdoing results in a conviction. In many cases, charges are dropped when prosecutors obtain additional information.

Other cases simply fail to present sufficient evidence to support a finding of wrongdoing in relation to white collar crimes, and the individual(s) charged in the matter are able to move on with their lives. Readers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere should understand that the announcement of charges is not indicative of guilt; they are simply allegations at this stage of the legal process. Everyone who is accused of a crime has the right to be presumed innocent until the matter is resolved in court.  

Source: fox43.com, "Former union president charged with stealing $67,000 from union", Howard Sheppard, July 8, 2015

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