On Monday, it was announced that the former business manager and financial secretary for a Rhode Island plasters and cement mason’s union had agreed to plead guilty to charges that he embezzled at least $250,000 in union funds. 42-year-old Richard D’Antuono of Cranston is accused of embezzling between $250,000 and $550,000 in union funds. Court documents allege that for two years beginning in 2015 D’Antuono embezzled funds from a union operational account and from an apprentice fund.
The defendant was the sole full-time officer of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Mansons International Association Local 40. It is alleged that D’Antuono made checks out to himself in excess of his salary and the stipend to which he was entitled. The defendant was also accused of having the authorized signatories sign blank checks, which were later used to embezzle money from the operational account.
In some cases, D’Antuono forged the signature on the checks. It is also alleged that D’Antuono embezzled money from the Apprenticeship Fund by making checks payable to the Local 40 operation account and then embezzling the money in a similar manner. A three-count information was filed charging Richard D’Antuono with embezzlement from an employee benefit plan, aggravated identity theft, and embezzlement from a labor organization.
Again, Richard D’Antuono is expected to plead guilty to the charges. Additional details can be found here.