Union leader in Missouri admits to embezzlement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The former president of a union that represents Jackson County Department of Corrections workers has admitted to embezzling more than $7,000.

The U.S. attorney's office says 46-year-old Lowell Wreh, of Raytown, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a wire fraud scheme.

Prosecutors say Wreh became the acting president of a local affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in October 2012 and the president in July 2013. He was suspended in April 2014 and officially dismissed that August.

He admitted through his plea that he issued $7,642 in checks from the union's bank account to himself and others for his own benefit and personal use.

He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine. Through his plea, he also agreed to pay restitution.