OIG Investigative Reports, Defendant Found Guilty of Stealing more than $120,000 from Union Training and Education Fund Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2008 Contact: U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE Yusill Schibner, Rebekah Carmichael, Janice Oh Public Information Office (212) 637-2600 Defendant Found Guilty of Stealing More Than $120,000 from Union Training and Education Fund. MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ABEBA McCRAY was found guilty by a jury of stealing more than $120,000 from Local 1199's Hospital Training and Education Fund, a bank account to which minimum wage workers in the health care industry contributed for their own training and education and for scholarships for their children. According to the evidence at the 3–day trial before United States District Judge DAVID M. LAWSON, in Detroit federal court: McCRAY obtained the account and routing numbers for Local 1199's account at JP Morgan Chase and, from August 2005 through February 2006, used that information to order over $120,000 worth of unauthorized electronic transfers, over the telephone and the internet. Approximately $70,000 of the fraudulent transfers went toward paying McCRAY's personal bills, including: over $30,000 in student loans, and money owed to collection agencies, credit card companies, cell phone bills, cable bills, car payments, utility bills, and parking tickets. McCRAY reaped additional profits by paying with Local 1199's funds the personal bills of co-conspirators, for which she received cash payments in return. McCRAY was indicted in October 2007 in the Southern District of New York, and the case was later transferred to federal court in Detroit. McCRAY was found guilty on all five counts charged in the Indictment: one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, one count of bank fraud, and three counts of wire fraud. McCRAY, 34, of Highland Park, Michigan, faces a maximum potential sentence on all of the charges of 120 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5 million or twice the gross pecuniary gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for January 20, 2009, in Detroit federal court before United States District Judge LAWSON. Mr. GARCIA praised the investigative work of the Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General. Mr. GARCIA also thanked the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of the Michigan for their continued assistance in the case. Assistant United States Attorneys SEETHA RAMACHANDRAN and JOHN CRONAN are in charge of the prosecution. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 10/24/2008 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Defendant Found Guilty of Stealing more than $120,000 from Union Training and Education Fund. New York, NY , October 14, 2008
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2008-10-14.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.