• Ex-MBTA worker admits theft from union


    BOSTON (AP) - A former MBTA employee has been sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars from a union local he served as secretary treasurer.

    Prosecutors said 43-year-old Brian Sheehy of Quincy pleaded guilty to three counts of larceny Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court.

    He was ordered to serve four months of a nine-month jail sentence, with five years' probation.

    Sheehy also must repay more than $130,000 to the MBTA inspectors' union, Local 600 of the Office and Professional Employees International. He was the local's secretary treasurer from 2005 to 2010.

    Prosecutors said he made more than $98,000 in unauthorized cash withdrawals from a union account, and used a union credit card for at least $3,000 in gasoline for his own car. He also allegedly inflated his union pay.

    Sheehy's lawyer said his client had gambling and alcohol problems.

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