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Ex-NY state trooper convicted of stealing cash from union members


Ex-NY state trooper convicted of stealing cash from union members that he blew on Dallas Cowboys tix, Lexus

By Priscilla DeGregory
May 31, 2023

A former New York state trooper was convicted of pilfering hundreds of thousands of dollars from union members — and using the funds on a trip to see the Dallas Cowboys, a sailing outing and a Lexus, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Kenneth Wynder Jr., 59, was found guilty of conspiracy and wire fraud by a Manhattan federal jury Tuesday for stealing from the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association (LEEBA), which he founded and of which he was the president.

Andrew Brown, a 55-year-old former financial adviser for LEEBA, was convicted alongside Wynder for the scheme the pair ran from 2012 through 2020 — netting them some $500,000 during just a five-year period, prosecutors said.

The pair stole, embezzled and misappropriated money from the union’s annuity fund and from individual members’ retirement accounts — making hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent transfers, the feds said.

Some members’ accounts were completely wiped out because of Wynder and Brown’s theft, prosecutors alleged.

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