Man Who Used Dead Brother to Defraud Union Sentenced to Two Years Probation

Feb. 15, 2019

A Williamsville man who admitted he used his dead brother to defraud a trade union of worker benefits was sentenced Thursday in federal court to serve two years of probation — including six months of detention – and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said 61-year-old Timothy McCluskey, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, conspired with another individual between Nov. 21, 2014, and January 2015 to defraud the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, McCluskey filed a back-dated application in December 2014 to have his deceased brother reinstated into the union. In January 2015, McCluskey filed a death benefit claim in his brother’s name with the union.

As a result, the union issued life insurance proceeds to McCluskey in the amount of $2,500, prosecutors said.

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