Ex-Broward Teacher's Union President Pat Santeramo Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

The former president of the Broward Teacher's Union pleaded guilty Friday to a federal mail fraud charge.

Pat Santeramo, 68, who served as president of the BTU from 2001 to 2011, entered the plea in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

Prosecutors say Santeramo authorized payments to himself and three other BTU employees from funds provided by the Broward School Board for an accountability program.

Santeramo misappropriated more than $93,000 during the fraudulent scheme, prosecutors said. Sentencing has been set for April 22.

Last month, Santeramo was found guilty of corruption for receiving more than $165,000 in kickbacks from inflated invoices for construction work done at union headquarters in Tamarac, prosecutors said.

He faces up to 30 years in prison in that case at sentencing.

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