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Former Union Official Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $280,000

PORTLAND, Maine - 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 reports 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.

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.