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Wasilla man sentenced to federal prison for embezzling $80k from labor union

A 49-year-old Wasilla man was sentenced to eight months in federal prison Friday and ordered to pay back $80,000 he stole from an Alaska labor union.

Timothy Carrol Smith had pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement.

Smith was the secretary and treasurer for the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Association of Civilian Technicians, a union representing Army National Guard civilian technicians around Alaska. According to the U.S. Attorney, he started stealing union funds in 2011.

Between January 2011 and September 2015, he used a union ATM card to make more than 200 separate cash withdrawals totaling nearly $60,000. He used a different debit card for almost $21,000 of other transactions, all for personal items.

He concealed the embezzlement by filing false reports, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

After serving his prison time, Smith will be on probation for three years.

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