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Ex-union president sentenced for embezzling $26,000

| Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:40 a.m.

A former union president will spend five years on probation, with the first nine months in home confinement, for embezzling more than $26,000.

John Vetterly Jr., 52, of Avalon pleaded guilty in March to embezzling $26,604.70 from Utility Workers Local 475 between 2006 and 2008.

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak on Wednesday fined Vetterly $2,660 and ordered him to repay the union.

Vetterly, an Avalon council member, and his attorney Michael Healey couldn't be reached for comment.

Borough Secretary Manager Harry Dilmore said the borough's solicitor advised council that Vetterly's conviction doesn't disqualify him from council.

“While it's an unfortunate matter for him personally, he's a good councilman,” Dilmore said. “I hope to see him stay.”

A second union official charged in the indictment, John Baranski, 54, of Boardman, Ohio, is working out an agreement to enter a pretrial diversion program, according to a motion filed by his lawyer.

Baranski, the former secretary treasurer, embezzled more than $4,000, prosecutors say.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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