The former president of a California labor union was sentenced to 12 years in jail for stealing $800,000 from the union’s health fund for his personal use, the Department of Justice said.

John S. Romero, 74, had appointed himself head of the Loma Linda-based union and trustee of its health-plan trust fund.

Prosecutors had alleged that from 2008 to 2014, Mr. Romero had embezzled plan funds to pay for civil judgment against himself and his son, lawyers fees, rent payments and for a loan on his son’s Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 car, among other things.

A jury in February found him guilty of one count of conspiracy, 12 counts of theft in connection with health care, and one count of making a false statement to a government agency. A U.S. District Judge scheduled an April hearing to determine how much restitution Romero owes his victims.


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