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Man Admits To Embezzling Funds In Connecticut

U.S. District Court in Hartford.
U.S. District Court in Hartford. Photo Credit: File

A former union leader in Connecticut has admitted to embezzling more than $37,000 while serving as its secretary and treasurer.

Thomas Popillo, 61, pleaded guilty in Hartford district court this week to one count of embezzlement and theft of union funds while serving as the president of the Communications Workers of America Local 81266.

From 2003 through 2017, Popillo was the president of the union, and from 2003 until 2015 he was the secretary-treasurer. While serving the union, Popillo embezzled $37,568.68 of labor union funds by receiving unauthorized checks from CWA 81266’s bank account, and by making unauthorized purchases with CWA 81266’s debit card.

Popillo is released on $25,000 bond. When he is sentenced, Popillo faces up to five years in prison. No sentencing date has been scheduled.

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