Ex-Treasurer of the Detroit Union charged with embezzlement of US $ 220,000


A former Detroit Fire Department union official faces federal embezzlement for spending more than $ 220,000 on flights, hotel rooms, cruises and more, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Verdine Day, 62, former Treasurer of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, is charged with bank and wire transfer fraud, according to a complaint. She was released in federal court on Monday on a $ 10,000 unsecured loan and has a preliminary investigation scheduled for Monday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Day was hired by the Detroit Fire Department in 1986 and worked as a firefighter and engineer and other union roles before being elected treasurer. She served as treasurer from December 2015 to September 2019 when she pulled out of the union and the city of Detroit, according to a press release.

Day could not be reached immediately.

During those years, the complaint alleges that Day received approximately $ 167,000 in funds from writing checks on her name and changing the name in the union’s software system; Cashing of checks that have been canceled by her in the system; and writing checks that are payable in cash.

Day also used union credit cards for personal use while serving as treasurer and after her retirement, according to the complaint file, which shows that she billed $ 52,143.65. Spending included Airbnb and hotel rooms in Tijuana, Mexico; New York; Florida and Amsterdam.

Other expenses include auto insurance premiums, satellite and cable television services, parking fees, furniture, and cruises. The complaint shows that Day used $ 9,554 in union money for a Royal Caribbean cruise in 2017 and $ 8,975 for another cruise on Liberty of the Seas in 2019.

“This prosecution shows that we will not tolerate union officials who abuse their authority and fill their own pockets at the expense of union members,” US Attorney-at-Law Saima Mohsin said in a statement. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to root out corruption and fraud with unions.”

Union President Thomas Gehart was initially not available for comment.

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