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FORMER CAMBRIDGE CARPENTERS' UNION OFFICERS SENTENCED TO CONSPIRACY

 BOSTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Two former Cambridge carpenters' union officers were sentenced today in U.S. District Court on a criminal conspiracy charge.
 U.S. Attorney A. John Pappalardo announced today that Robert A. Bryant, 50, of Carlisle, formerly the Business Agent and Financial Secretary of Local 40 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, located in Cambridge, and Robert C. Weatherbee, 47, of Acton, formerly the President and Business Representative of Local 40, were sentenced to confinement terms for conspiracy to embezzle $68,961.00 from Local 40 in "severance" funds.
 Accepting a sentencing agreement which was urged by both the defendants and the government, U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock sentenced Bryant to six months of confinement in a community confinement center, two years' probation, and 200 hours of community service; Weatherbee was sentenced to six months of confinement to be served in home detention, two years' probation, and 200 hours of community service. As a result oftheir convictions, both Bryant and Weatherbee will be barred for 13 years from holding union office.
 The evidence in the case showed that Bryant and Weatherbee conspired to procure "severance" benefits for themselves by filing Labor Annual Financial Reports with the U.S. Department of Labor which were based on the false representation that Bryant and Weatherbee had been authorized by the membership of Local 40 to receive upon their termination of employment severance benefits, whereas Bryant and Weatherbee knew that they had not been authorized such severance benefits. Bryant and Weatherbee resigned from their union positions in April 1992, and their scheme was discovered before any severance funds were in fact embezzled.
 The Bryant and Weatherbee case follows other prosecutions of carpenters' union officials, all of which have been pursued in response to evidence presented by union members. In 1990, Barney Walsh, Business Agent of Local 67 in Dorchester and Vice President of the State AFL-CIO was found guilty after jury trials of racketeering and other violations. His conviction was affirmed by the First Circuit Court of Appeals last year. In 1991, Richard McInnis, Business Agent of Local 40 in Lowell, was found guilty by a jury of perjury and embezzlement. Both Walsh and McInnis received prison sentences. In contrast to Walsh and McInnis, Bryant and Weatherbee had pleaded guilty before trial.
 The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor Management Standards and the Office of Labor Racketeering, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary S. Katzmann, Chief Legal Counsel in the United States Attorney's Office.
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