February 17, 2020
Union president convicted of stealing health plan funds
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A federal jury has convicted the former president of a Colton-based labor union of stealing nearly $800,000 from the union’s health plan fund.

Prosecutors alleged that John S. Romero, 73, of Loma Linda, used the money to pay for personal expenses including legal bills and a car loan for his son’s Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

According to evidence presented at his five-day trial, Romero appointed himself president of United Industrial Services Workers of America (UISWA) and the trustee of the UISWA health care plan. Money paid into the plan was supposed to be used exclusively for health care benefits to its participants.

United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips scheduled an April 27 sentencing hearing, at which time Romero will face a statutory maximum sentence of 130 years in federal prison.
Story Date: February 16, 2020
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