Former New Jersey APWU President Gets Probation For Tax Evasion

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A former president of a New Jersey postal workers union has been sentenced to five years’ probation, including a year of home confinement.

Gary Weightman of Keansburg pleaded guilty in December 2008 to two counts of tax evasion.

He was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Newark. He was also ordered to pay $1,200 in fines and to cooperate with the IRS.

Weightman once headed Local 190 of the American Postal Workers International Union.

Prosecutors had originally charged Weightman along with John McGovern, the secretary-treasurer of the local, with conspiring to embezzle union funds.

McGovern was given a 20-month sentence in May and ordered to pay more than $780,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors dropped the remaining charges against Weightman after he pleaded guilty to the tax evasion counts.


Also, as a further special condition of probation, Weightman was ordered to refrain from any employment or voluntary position in any trade union throughout the duration of Probation.  Weightman must also participate in the Location Monitoring System.

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