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Union Rep May Have Lost Big At Casino

Union Rep May Have Lost Big At Casino

Authorities say an Auburn woman suspected of stealing $808,000 from the teachers union she headed lost more than $350,000 at the Turning Stone Casino over the last seven years of her life.

Police in Auburn tell The Post-Standard that the losses were revealed in Turning Stone casino records turned over by the Oneida Indian Nation. The detective investigating the thefts from the Auburn Teachers Association says police don't know for sure that the money 63-year-old Sally Jo Widmer lost at the casino was union funds.

The longtime union president was found dead inside her home last November in Yates County. Authorities ruled her death a suicide, which was about the time an investigation into possible missing funds was beginning.

An audit conducted after her death revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the union's accounts.

The police investigation is continuing.

 

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