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Williamsville man admits to stealing from union, insurance company

(WIVB) - A Williamsville man has pleaded guilty to stealing from a union and insurance company by filing for claims in his dead relative's name. 

Timothy McCluskey, 61, of Williamsville, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. 

According to the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, between Nov. 2014 and Jan. 2015, McClusky and another individual conspired to defraud the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) by by sending a backdated membership application in his relative's name to the IUPAT- after the relative's death. In  Jan. 2015, McCluskey caused a death benefit claim form and other necessary documents to be sent to IUPAT, resulting in the union issuing $2,500 worth of life insurance proceeds. 

Between Dec. 2014 and Feb. 2015, McCluskey defrauded an insurance company by claiming his relative worked over 500 hours at his painting company, E&M Star Painting, Inc. between a certain time period, making him eligible for a $50,000 life insurance policy. 

McCluskey was a former Trustee of the Painters District Council 4 Health and Welfare Fund. 

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced at a later date. 

 


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