NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The former general counsel for a
Teamsters local was sentenced Wednesday to up to eight years in
prison for defrauding the union of $184,000 by submitting forged
receipts for legal materials he didn't buy and classes he never
Kevin Clor, 40, who served as counsel for New York State
Thruway Employees Local 72 from 2001 to 2011, pleaded guilty in
June to 34 counts of grand larceny, possessing forged documents
and falsifying business records.
Acting Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman sentenced Clor to
between 2-2/3 years and eight years in prison, despite pleas
from Clor's defense lawyer, Jeremy Saland, that such a sentence
would be disproportionately harsh.
Saland asked the judge to take into consideration that Clor
has an autistic son who requires expensive care and argued that
his client had used at least a portion of the money to help his
"This was not somebody in any way who was living a life of
luxury," he said.
Prosecutors accused Clor of giving the union approximately
150 phony receipts between 2006 and 2011.
The fake documents included invoices for more than $100,000
in continuing legal education courses that Clor never took,
including $23,000 in receipts from the Nichols School, a private
middle and high school near Clor's home in Buffalo, and $48,000
from the state's "Education Certification Department," which
does not exist. Clor also submitted receipts for $22,000 for
Thomson Reuters legal material that he never bought, some of
which bore the names of invented salespeople, prosecutors said.
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"That he egregiously violated one of the most sacred vows
that an attorney makes, to represent the interest of his client,
is obvious, your honor," said Assistant District Attorney Jose
Martin Latko, the president of the union, expressed anger at
Clor for his betrayal.
"For 10 years, we relied on his counsel and his advice," he
told Berkman. "We trusted him."
In a brief statement to the judge, Clor said he accepted
responsibility for his actions and promised to try to make his
As part of his sentence, Clor will have to pay more than
$160,000 in restitution, in addition to approximately $30,000 he
has already paid to the union.
The case is the People of New York v. Kevin Clor, New York
State Supreme Court, No. 5866-11.
For Clor: Jeremy Saland of Crotty Saland.
For the prosecution: Assistant District Attorney Jose Fanjul
of the New York County District Attorney's Office.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax)
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