Former Detroit union treasurer accused of embezzling $ 220,000

A former union official with the Detroit Fire Department faces a federal embezzlement charge for spending more than $ 220,000 on flights, hotel rooms, cruises and more, according to the US Department of Justice.

Verdine Day, 62, former treasurer of the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, is charged with bank and electronic fraud, according to a filing complaint. She was released on $ 10,000 unsecured bail in federal court on Monday and a preliminary examination is set for 1 p.m. on Monday, October 18. .

Day was hired by the Detroit Fire Department in 1986 and worked as a firefighter and engineer and in other roles within the union before being elected treasurer. She served as treasurer from December 2015 until September 2019, when she retired from the union and the city of Detroit, according to a press release.

The day could not be reached immediately.

During these years, the complaint alleges that Day obtained approximately $ 167,000 in funds by issuing checks in his name and changing the name in the union’s software system; cash checks, which were canceled by her in the system; and issue checks payable in cash.

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