Former firefighters union treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement

Posted at 3:42 PM, Apr 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-10 16:42:48-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former treasurer for the Gladstone, Missouri firefighters union pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to embezzling more than $26,000 from the union. 

Charles Duddy, 58, of Platte City, Missouri, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to information that charges him with the embezzlement and theft of union funds. 

According to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Missouri, Duddy was the treasurer of the Gladstone Firefighters IAFF Union Local 3228 from 2012 through April 2016. As treasurer, Duddy had access to Local 3228’s debit card and was authorized to use the debit card only for Local 3228 expenses. 

By pleading guilty, Duddy admitted that he used Local 3228’s bank account to make $26,479 in personal expenditures, including the payment of his property taxes, title loans, groceries, and dining. 

The news release said Duddy has paid $10,000 in restitution to Local 3228 for the stolen funds. Under the terms of Tuesday’s plea agreement, Duddy must pay a money judgment for the remaining balance of $16,479. 

The news release said Duddy is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole. His sentence will be determined at a later date.