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Feds Claim Embezzlers|Kept It in the Family

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CN) - Four Southern California union members kept their $900,000 embezzlement from the union in the family, federal prosecutors say in a 40-count indictment.

The husband, wife, son and daughter, all of Loma Linda, were all arrested Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. A federal grand jury indicted them on Jan. 21, charging them with conspiring to embezzle from the health plan of the United Industrial and Service Workers of America Local 101. The Colton-based union serves members in the Inland Empire.

Arrested were John S. Romero, 68, the former president of USIWA;

his wife Evelyn Romero, 66, who succeeded her husband as president and served in that job until June 2014;

their son John J. Romero, 50, a former secretary-treasurer of USIWA;

and their daughter Danae Romero, 37, who was a union officer.


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