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.