Treasurer embezzled from Massachusetts transportation union, AP audit finds

An accounts payable recovery audit recently found that a former Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Inspectors Union treasurer allegedly misappropriated more than $250,000 over a period of five years, WCVB-TV reports.

The union – known as Local 600 – represents the 320 inspectors and chief inspectors employed by the MBTA, which serves the greater Boston area.

Brian C. Sheehy purportedly stole the money by writing checks to himself and withdrawing cash, as well as using the union credit card and claiming excess payroll payments.

According to the Boston Globe, Sheehy – who still works for the MBTA as an inspector – filed for bankruptcy the day before he was scheduled to be tried by a union tribunal in order to recover the money.

He has repaid approximately $95,000, and the union is requesting that the court not discharge the $155,565 still owed to them.

As treasurer, Sheehy controlled the union's finances. Instating a system of checks and balances as well as conducting regular internal accounts payable audits may have allowed the embezzlement to be detected sooner.

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