Former LA SEIU chief Tyrone Freeman gets nearly 3 years in embezzling case

Tyrone Freeman was president of the Service Employees International Union Local before he was arrested and charged with embezzling funds from the union.
Tyrone Freeman was president of the Service Employees International Union Local before he was arrested and charged with embezzling funds from the union. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

The former head of a major Los Angeles union local has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from his labor organization.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Tyrone Freeman was sentenced Monday to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay about $150,000 in restitution. He was convicted in January of 14 various charges, including embezzlement and fraud.

Freeman was president of the Service Employees International Union Local, which represented about 180,000 low-wage workers who provide in-home healthcare services in California's largest union local.

Authorities say Freeman secretly collected $2,500 per month by diverting reimbursement payments and used a union credit card to pay about $8,000 in personal expenses that include bills related to his wedding in Hawaii.

Freeman resigned in 2008.

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