Ex-WMECO Credit Union Chief Gets Probation

The former director of the Western Mass. Electric Co. Credit Union has been sentenced to four years of probation for embezzling more than $225,000 from the company.

Robert Koss of Ludlow was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Springfield after pleading guilty last year to embezzlement and filing a false tax return.

The Republican of Springfield reports that the judge said if the 68-year-old Koss was younger, he would have received prison time. Koss, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, was also ordered to write a letter of apology and pay restitution.

Prosecutors say starting in 1999 and continuing until his retirement in 2006, Koss collected about $225,000 from fabricated or inflated expense reimbursements.

Koss' lawyer said most of the money has already been repaid.

This program aired on March 30, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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