Police: Union leader embezzled funds

HUNTINGDON — A Hollidaysburg man faces felony charges in Huntingdon County after state police allege he embezzled almost $30,000 while serving as a union treasurer.

Bryan Peroni, 57, is accused of writing multiple checks to himself for a total of $29,365 while serving as treasurer of the SCI Huntingdon Local of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, according to the Pennsylvania State Police Organized Crime Unit.

State police allege the embezzlement took place between 2012 and 2017.

Peroni turned himself in to state police for arraignment Tuesday, according to his attorney Theodore Krol, who added Peroni retired prior to the charges after working for the Department of Corrections for 29 years.

Krol said he and his client have not seen the forensic accounting report prepared as part of the state police investigation to know the full extent of what is allegedly been misappropriated.

“We look forward to reaching some sort of amicable resolution of the charges,” Krol said.

Peroni, who faces two felony theft-related charges and a count of felony forgery, remains free on an unsecured $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Rufus S. Brenneman in Huntingdon is slated for March 18.