Woman pleads guilty to stealing from labor unions

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to embezzling more than $57,000 from two labor unions for which she served as president.

Sandra King, 62, of Owings Mills, used money stolen from the unions to pay rent on her apartment, buy liquor and cover other personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Robert Hur’s office said in a news release.

From October 2014 to September 2019, King served as president of The Federation of Police and Security, which represents private security guards in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland. Since late 2014, King also has served as president of the Alliance of Independent Workers, which represents staff members at the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The unions’ previous president, J.C. Stamps, pleaded guilty to defrauding an employee benefit plan, according to Hur’s office.

U.S. District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher is scheduled to sentence King on Oct. 19. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

King’s plea agreement requires her to pay full restitution to the unions.

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