Former corrections union boss faces prison

The former president of a union representing Jackson County corrections workers pleaded guilty today for stealing from the union.

Jesse E. Morgan, 39, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud.

He was president of the American Federation of State. County and Municipal Employees Local 1707 from 2008 to October 2012, federal prosecutors said in a press release.

According to the release:

He admitted in the plea that he stole more than $70,000, although prosecutors contend the amount was from $120,000 to $185,000.

He took the money through electronic transfers, unauthorized ATM withdrawals and unauthorized counter withdrawals from union checking and savings accounts.

Under terms of the plea, he must pay restitution to the union for the total amount of the loss, which a judge will decide later if there is no agreement on the amount.

He could be sentenced later to up to 20 years in prison plus a fine of $250,000.

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