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Former Head of Carpenters' Union Cited for Violating Michigan Labor Law

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Detroit, MIThe former boss of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters recently pleaded guilty to violating Michigan labor law by illegally accepting kickbacks from a businessman and a casino consultant.

The Detroit News reports that Walter Ralph Mabry reached a plea deal with prosecutors that could require him to spend 21 months in jail. US District Judge Arthur Tarnow will reportedly sentence Mabry in August.

"We will pursue corruption whether it occurs in City Hall, public schools, federal agencies or labor unions," US Attorney Barbara McQuade said in a statement. "When labor leaders abuse their positions for personal gain, they rob the working men and women they were entrusted to represent. We hope these charges will deter others from abusing their positions."

According to the news source, the case stems from Mabry's alleged acceptance of kickbacks from April 2004 through September 2006. Mabry reportedly admitted to accepting between $5,000 and $10,000 in hotel and other expenses from the two men.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Mabry was recently released from prison after serving time for allegedly getting discounts from contractors working on his home.

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