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Public-sector union boss gets house arrest for embezzling $120K from his local

Richard Turton took advantage of loose accounting practices and the unquestioning trust of his colleagues at CUPE Local 2974 to siphon $120,000 from the union’s bank accounts between 2011 and 2013.

Turton, 47, pleaded guilty Monday to fraud and falsifying records. Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas handed him a four-month sentence of house arrest followed by three years’ probation.

Thomas made special note that Turton has already paid back $80,000 of the money he embezzled.

“That is the only reason you escape jail,” Thomas told Turton.

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