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Finance secretary for Upstate Remington gun factory union stole $38K in union funds, feds say

Ilion, N.Y. — A financial secretary for a union representing employees at a Remington gun factory in Herkimer County stole more than $38,000 in union funds, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Jay Garnsey, 38, admitted to embezzling union assets from late 2015 to December 2019, according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.

Garnsey submitted fraudulent reimbursement vouchers while he was running the finances for the United Mine Workers of America, Local 717, prosecutors said.

For four years, Garnsey printed out checks to compensate himself for the time he spent working for the union that kept him away from the factory, prosecutors said. But Garnsey was working at the gun factory during the hours he submitted as lost time, prosecutors said.

Garnsey also used a union debit card to pay for travel and other personal expenses, prosecutors said.

Garnsey admitted to stealing a total of $38,172.

Garmsey faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, with a fine up to $250,000, prosecutors said. He’ll be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge David N. Hurd in January in Utica, prosecutors said.

Garnsey agreed to pay back the union the money he embezzled, prosecutors said.

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