UFCW Local 464A President, John T. Niccollai, appeared in Federal Court on Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4 to present testimony at the sentencing hearing of John R. Moritz, a former Great Atlantic & Pacific Company executive who was found guilty of embezzling millions of dollars from the company.
Niccollai classified the acts of Moritz as, “Appalling since they came at a time when we were making concessions to save A&P/Pathmark and save our union members’ jobs.” The local union president went on to state, “The union would have been able to mitigate the effect of the company’s bankruptcy if this money had been available to reduce some of the givebacks mandated by the Bankruptcy Court.”
At the conclusion of the hearing, U.S. District Judge, Kevin McNulty, rendered a decision ordering a three-year prison sentence along with three-years of supervised release and an order to make restitution in the amount of $3.2 million.
Applauding the conviction and sentence, President Niccollai said, “A number of our UFCW Local 464A members submitted letters to the court apprising Judge McNulty of our sacrifices and requesting that Moritz be given a meaningful punishment. The union is grateful to those who wrote these letters and helped us attain justice.”