BUFFALO - A medics union leader pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to embezzling.

Donald Snyder, 50, president of International Association of EMTs and Paramedics, Local 394, pleaded guilty to embezzlement by union officials and admitted stealing $9,649.85 in union funds.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Rudroff said that between October 2013 and November 2019 while Snyder was president, he wrote checks payable to himself or cash and withdrew funds.

Rudroff said all of the money was used by Snyder for personal use and not for union activities.

The union represents about 200 private sector employees of Twin City Ambulance in Amherst.

Snyder is to be sentenced Nov. 17.

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