Caleb Gray-Burriss, founder and treasurer of the National Association of Special Police and Security Officers, Washington, was charged with four counts of mail fraud for allegedly using more than $100,000 from a union pension fund on himself and others, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
The grand jury indictment in U.S. District Court in Washington, unsealed June 30, charges that Mr. Gray-Burriss spent the money that was part of a pension plan for private security guards assigned to protect federal buildings.
The indictment alleged that pension funds were misused from about June 2004 through August 2006.
Mr. Gray-Burriss, reached by telephone, denied the charges. “We never misused any of the membership money,” he said.
The pension fund had about $100,000 in assets in 2006, when the fund was referred by the Department of Labor to an independent fiduciary in a previous judgment against his operation of the fund, Mr. Gray-Burriss said. The name of the independent fiduciary could not be learned by presstime.