Central Florida bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzling more than 300K from labor union

ORLANDO, Fla. — United States Attorney Roger Handberg announce that Denise Kovacs has pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

The 60-year-old Clermont resident faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.


According to court documents, Kovacs was the bookkeeper at Plumbers AFL-CIO Local 803, a labor union that represents plumbers and pipefitters in central Florida.

Kovacs, who worked for the union for five years, charged $261,126 in expenses on the union’s credit card and stole $43,777 in cash from union dues.

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To hide her theft, Kovacs altered records which kept union officials in the dark about her embezzlement.

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Her sentencing is scheduled for June 21, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Wendy W. Berger.

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