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Former Teamsters president pleads guilty to embezzlement

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former Teamsters Local president has pleaded guilty to several counts of embezzling labor union funds and criminal record keeping violations.

Jerry Thomas Vincent Jr., 54, pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court, according to a release from the Western District of Kentucky United States Attorney's Office.

Vincent served as president of Teamsters Local 783 from 2006 to 2011.

Officials say Vincent pleaded guilty to 14 counts in a grand jury indictment in July of last year. The indictment states that Vincent embezzled about $17,000 in union funds between October 5, 2009 and August 17, 2011. The release states the funds were taken from Teamsters Local 783. Officials also state that Vincent committed 13 criminal violations related to union records from October 2009 to June 2011.

The release states Vincent admitted to "making false entries on credit card receipts" and "claiming false business purposes for expenditures of union funds at Louisville restaurants."

If Vincent had been convicted at trial, he could have received a maximum penalty of 23 years in prison, a fine of more than $2 million and supervised release for three years.

Vincent is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10 in Louisville.

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