Former Union Official at Bath Iron Works Gets Prison for Theft

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By Jaclyn Diaz

The former secretary-treasurer of a Machinists local in Maine was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for embezzling $280,865 from the union, federal prosecutors announced.

Ryan Jones of Bath, Maine, held that office for International Association of Machinists Local Lodge S6 from 2009 until January 2017. While in office, Jones made almost 200 unauthorized withdrawals from the union’s bank account, fabricated monthly bank statements to conceal the withdrawals, and provided the fabricated bank statements to union auditors, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

During that time, Jones was employed by Bath Iron Works, a Navy shipbuilder owned by General Dynamics.

The sentence, imposed Feb. 12, also includes three years of supervised release and an order to pay $280,865 in restitution.

The U.S. attorney’s office declined to provide additional comment to Bloomberg Law.

Drugs Fueled Theft

Jones was motivated to take money from the union to support his and his wife’s drug addictions, according to his sentencing memorandum.

“Ryan made the decision to tap into Union funds to maintain a lifestyle created by their interdependence on partying, drugs, and alcohol and continued through 2016,” it said. “How much of Ryan’s participation was fueled by the terrible things he was doing at work to mask his crime is impossible to determine, but his eventual spiral from alcohol and marijuana abuse to alcohol abuse and cocaine addiction in 2015 sealed his fate.”

Richard Berne, Jones’ attorney, said Judge George Z. Singal of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine took into account all of the facts included in the memo in coming up with the final sentencing for Jones.

“He also recognized that his and his wife’s addictions were the primary reason for his uncharacteristic conduct in this case, which is why he imposed a sentence substantially below the applicable sentencing guideline range,” Berne, of the Law Office of Richard S. Berne LLC in Portland, Maine, said in a statement to Bloomberg Law.

Ryan and his family were very appreciative of Singal’s “thoughtful consideration and judgment,” Berne said.

The case is U.S. v. Jones, D. Me., No. 17-CR-105-GZS, sentencing 2/12/18.

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