Robert Edward Baker, a former trustee of the Eastmet 4049 Trust was sentenced Friday by a judge in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 36 months in prison for embezzling pension funds and lying to the PBGC, according to the U.S. Attorneys office in Baltimore. The trustee for the plan for management group employees of Eastmet and Eastern Stainless Steel pleaded guilty in September to both offenses in a criminal case before Judge Marvin J. Garbis. Mr. Bakers criminal conviction follows a March civil judgment in the same court in which he was ordered to pay the PBGC $300,000 in restitution and interest for the pension trust funds he embezzled. From 1988 to 1995, the Eastmet 4049 Trust received $210,617.88 in dividends and interest on stock it owned. Mr. Baker admitted he embezzled and converted for his own use $210,025.05 of the proceeds, according to the U.S. Attorneys office. In 1997, the PBGC brought a civil suit against Mr. Baker on behalf of the trust. Mr. Baker admitted he committed perjury in the course of the PBGC civil suit. Mr. Baker, who was a practicing attorney in Towson, Md., has been disbarred. The PBGC took over the Eastmet plan in 1987 when it was terminated following a corporate bankruptcy filing, according to a PBGC spokesman.