Ex-RI Union Official to Plead Guilty in Fraud Case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A former high-ranking union official is set to plead guilty to federal charges that he bilked more than $100,000 from smaller labor and employees groups and withheld nearly $18,000 in income taxes.

A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence for Kenneth Aurecchia of Johnston.

Prosecutors say he bilked the system by getting advances for travel expenses from smaller groups tied to the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry while receiving union reimbursement for those costs.

A union spokesman says Aurecchia is no longer with association.

He was a regional vice president. Aurecchia is also accused of cheating on his taxes from 2005 to 2007 by not reporting his full income. He signed a plea agreement in August.

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