- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Federal officials say an Oakland union official and marijuana shop broker has been indicted on charges of fraud and attempted extortion.

The Oakland Tribune reports (https://bayareane.ws/1KqCyzC ) 54-year-old Daniel Rush has been accused of using his position as a union organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers and the union’s medical marijuana division to acquire money and other valuables.

According to the FBI, Rush and a co-conspirator created a scheme offering special treatment from the union in exchange for debt forgiveness. He accepted $550,000 in debt forgiveness from a person who works with medical marijuana dispensaries.

The person who agreed to the plan had been cooperating with the FBI’s investigation. Rush was arrested Aug. 11.

His next court appearance is Tuesday.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, https://www.oaklandtribune.com

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