- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Two former officials with the Transportation Aides of Buffalo union have been sentenced to serve one year in federal prison for embezzling approximately $120,000 in funds.

WIVB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1V7lwlq ) 54-year-old Betty Martin and 44-year-old Duane Rush, both of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud in June.

Prosecutors say Martin stole nearly $62,000 from union funds and Rush stole about $60,000 from the union’s M&T; Bank account. Both were ordered to repay the sums as part of their sentencing Monday.

Martin served as president of the union comprised of city-employed school bus aides from 2006 to 2013. Rush served as vice president during the same span.

Prosecutors say the duo accomplished the thefts through the use of an M&T; Bank debit card, by writing checks to themselves and cash withdrawals.

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Information from: WIVB-TV, https://www.wivb.com


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