Metro-East News

Ex-labor union treasurer gets probation in embezzlement case

A Chester man who admitted to embezzling approximately $30,000 from his union was sentenced to probation Tuesday during a hearing in U.S. District Court.

Jeffrey Magelitz, 44, was sentenced to two years probation, six months of home detention and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service by Judge J. Phil Gilbert. Magelitz pleaded guilty in August to two counts of embezzlement and theft from a labor union and filing a false police report with the Department of Labor.

According to a news release from Donald Boyce, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Magelitz made restitution of $21,849.94 prior to Tuesday’s hearing. Magelitz is the former treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 415 in Vienna. Magelitz served as the union’s treasurer from January 2012 through June 2013. He admitted to embezzling approximately $30,000, preparing and cashing unauthorized checks for himself and forging the signatures of the president and vice president of the union on the checks.

Magelitz also admitted to submitting a false annual report for the union. The report contained a forged signature for the president of the union and falsely reported the amount of money he received during the year.

The prosecution was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards with the assistance of ASFCME Local 415. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman R. Smith.