- The Washington Times - Monday, May 22, 2006

3:27 p.m.

Former Washington Teachers Union office manager Gwendolyn M. Hemphill received an 11-year prison sentence today for her role in an embezzlement scheme to bilk millions of dollars of dues from D.C. public school teachers.

The 64-year-old apologized in a brief statement to U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon, saying she was “deeply sorry.”

She said she engaged in fraud because she needed approval from former union President Barbara Bullock, whom she said she viewed as a “mother figure.”

Judge Leon told Hemphill that her criminal conduct was “reprehensible.” But he stopped short of giving her the 20-year prison sentence sought by prosecutors.

He said 20 years “is so much greater than necessary.”

Hemphill’s attorney Nancy Luque said she plans to appeal the sentence.

Judge Leon also ordered Hemphill to pay $4.2 million in restitution and to report to prison by July 22.

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