Former union president charged with stealing $67,000 from union

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal Criminal Information charges the former president of the United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) Local 304 with stealing almost $67,000 in union funds during an eleven month period that he held the office.

According to court documents, on over a hundred occasions between December 15, 2009 and November 16, 2010, Howard Royal, age 50, of Steelton, abused his position as the union president to make fraudulent unauthorized electronic transfers and withdrawals of $66,989.02 of the labor organization’s money.

UGSOA represents security officers in state government agencies throughout Pennsylvania. Local 304 is headquartered in Harrisburg.

If convicted Royal faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison, a term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.