Maine electrical union sues to recover $260,000 in embezzled money

Posted May 16, 2012, at 11:41 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Trustees of a Maine electrical workers union’s trust fund have filed a lawsuit to recover $260,000 they say the fund’s now-dead administrator embezzled.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court alleges that Donald Sarette stole the money to cover up a theft from another union’s trust fund.

The 56-year-old Sarette died in January when his car struck a bridge abutment in Candia, N.H.

Peter DeTroy, a lawyer for the Fairfield-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1253, said he planned to meet with Sarette to see how he proposed to repay the embezzled money shortly before he died.

The electrical workers are suing to recover money from the Augusta-based United Association Local 716 trust fund.

The Kennebec Journal reported that the complaint alleges Sarette “improperly diverted funds.”

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