Former maritime union execs sentenced to prison
Two former union executives from the Dania Beach-based American Maritime Officers Union, convicted in January on racketeering and corruption charges, were sentenced to prison terms Thursday by a federal court judge in Fort Lauderdale.
Michael McKay, former president of the union, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay $2 million to the government and $271,040 in restitution to the union, according to a Miami Herald report. Robert McKay, Michael's brother, who was the union's secretary-treasurer, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and order to pay $509,745 to the government and $258,443 in restitution to the union.
Prosecutors said the brothers, who resigned from their union posts in January after they were convicted, took union funds and used the money for personal spending.
The executive board of the 4,000-member national union in January barred the McKay brothers from union offices, and vowed to seek restitution.