Former union official in Findlay charged with embezzling from United Steelworkers

FINDLAY, Ohio (WTVG) - The former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 207-L in Findlay was indicted for embezzling more than $30,000 from the union, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.

Ronald G. Coldren, 55, of Findlay, was indicted on one count of embezzlement from a labor organization.

Coldren served as financial secretary for the union from 2006 through 2016. Coldren embezzled approxmimately $30,639 from the union between 2012 and 2016, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant’ssentence will be determined by the court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The investigating agency in this case is the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas P. Weldon

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.