The former president of the national association of government employees local at Fort Leonard wood has pleaded guilty to embezzling from the union. According to Beth Phillips the Missouri Western District U. S. Attorney, 67-year-old Garold W. Lawson senior of St. Robert waived his right to a grand jury and entered a guilty plea in federal court in Springfield on Thursday. By pleading guilty Lawson admitted that he stole at least $67,566 from local 14-139 of the national association of government employees. Lawson admitted that he wrote 33 unauthorized checks on the union local’s account totaling $20,534 which was made payable to his grandson as well as 13 checks totaling $20,991 made payable to himself. Phillips says Lawson also admitted that he wrote himself 54 checks on the union local’s account totaling $24,526 for mileage reimbursements that had been paid by the national union. Under federal statutes Lawson is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to 250-thousand dollars, and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation.