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Criminal Enforcement Actions 2004

An indictment is a formal accusation or charge based on a finding by a Grand Jury that it is likely that the person charged committed the criminal offense described in the indictment and is the means by which an accused person (defendant) is brought to trial. An indictment raises no inference of guilt. As in all criminal cases, each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

An information is a formal accusation of a crime by a government attorney rather than a Grand Jury.  An information raises no inference of guilt. As in all criminal cases, each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

A charge is an accusation of criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. As in all criminal cases, each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Each count is a separate and distinct offense charged in an indictment or information.

A guilty plea is a defendant’s admission to the court that he or she committed the offense charged and an agreement to waive the right to a trial.

A conviction is a judgment based on a jury’s verdict, judge’s finding, or the defendant’s admission that the defendant is guilty of the crime charged.

A sentence is a judicial determination of the punishment to be imposed on an individual who has plead guilty or has been convicted by a jury or judge of a criminal offense.


On December 23, 2004, in United Sates District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, Amanda Kemmer, former office manager for Local 3, Bricklayers, pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with embezzling approximately $209,383.67 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]

On December 14, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Barbara Ann Hayes, former bookkeeper of Local 990, United Food and Commercial Workers, was sentenced to six months home detention enforced by electronic monitoring and five years probation. Hayes was also ordered to pay a $100 court assessment and make restitution in the amount of $27,248.82. On May 17, 2004, Hayes pled guilty to embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]

On December 20, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Michael J. Volek, former treasurer and former president of Local 2441, Government Employees (AFGE), was sentenced for bank fraud. He was sentenced to four months in a minimum security facility and four months in home detention, enrollment in a supervised release program for five years, full payment of restitution in the amount of $14,492.36, and a special assessment of $100. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.

On December 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Donald L. Rudd, former president of Local 50, Service Employees International Union, was arrested and charged with misappropriation of approximately $18,083 in union funds. The arrest and charge follow an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]

On December 15, 2004, in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Renee Hallman, former project specialist for the District of Columbia Nurses Association, was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,404.51. On October 1, 2004, Hallman pled guilty to embezzling $9,572.89 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On December 14, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, Rodney A. Fox, former secretary-treasurer for the Iowa State Troopers' Association, was charged in a seven-count indictment with embezzling $89,433 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]

On December 14, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Daniel Van Becelaere, former secretary-treasurer of Local 763, United Transportation Union, was charged in a three-count indictment with embezzling $36,169 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]

On December 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Julie Messick, former treasurer of Local 2001, Carpenters, was indicted on five counts of embezzlement in excess of $10,000 in union funds. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

On December 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Charles Novak, former executive vice president for Local One, Elevator Constructors, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment and three years supervised release for crimes related to a no-show job scheme at 19 different construction sites in New York City. He was ordered to pay a total of $289,000 in restitution and a $15,000 special assessment. Additionally, a forfeiture judgment was entered against Novak in the amount of $300,000. Thirty-seven additional individuals have pled guilty in connection with the ongoing investigation of Elevator Constructors Local One. The Novak sentence and the additional 37 guilty pleas follow a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the FBI.

On December 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Allan L. Spates, former president of Local 5-1250, Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE), was sentenced for embezzlement. The sentence consists of 27 months imprisonment; 3 years supervised probation; and submission to random drug testing. Spates was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $20,655.21. On May 28, 2004, Spates pled guilty to embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On November 30, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judy Nowak, former treasurer of Branch 1107, Letter Carriers, was sentenced to six months of home confinement and two years of probation for embezzlement. In addition, Nowak was ordered to pay court fees of $100. On January 14, 2004, Nowak pled guilty to one count of embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]

On November 24, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Joseph Calgano, former business manager/secretary-treasurer of Local 1162, Laborers', was charged with making false entries in the Local's financial books and records. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On November 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Jennifer Givens, former bookkeeper and office secretary of Local Lodge 735, Machinists, was sentenced to thirty-three months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised probation for false statements and representations and false use of a social security number. Givens was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $28,508.92. Givens had previously entered a guilty plea to the charges on May 31, 2004, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office and the Secret Service.

On November 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, George Beck Jr., former secretary-treasurer of Local 1-366, Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE), was indicted on 26 counts of embezzling $10,232.96 in union funds. In addition, the indictment sought forfeiture of proceeds traceable to the commission of the alleged embezzlement, including, but not limited to, $26,835.05 and a BOSE Acoustic Wave Music System. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On November 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Beverly Jackson, former executive vice president of Local 7901, Communications Workers, was indicted on three counts of embezzlement totaling $33,457.65. The indictment alleges that Jackson was "double paid" by both the union and her employer, Qwest Corporation, for time she spent performing union activities. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]

On November 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Barrie Williams, the former secretary-treasurer of Local 2000-A, Longshoremen's, was sentenced to one year probation and fined $5,000. On August 24, 2004, Williams plead guilty to making false entries in union records. He was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $7,046.94. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.

On November 22, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Daniel F. Kearney, former secretary-treasurer of Local 79, Laborers International Union of North America, was sentenced to the following for embezzling union funds: 12 months confinement, 2 years of probation, fined $100 and barred from holding a union office for a period of 13 years. He admitted to forging the signature of another officer on union checks and filing false and misleading Form LM-2 reports. Kearney has made full restitution in the amount of $149,330.12. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On November 22, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Michael Kmit, former financial secretary of Local 2562, Auto Workers (UAW), was sentenced to the following: six months home confinement with electronic monitoring, two years of supervised probation, and random drug testing. In addition, he was ordered to make full restitution of the outstanding balance of $10,953.50. On September 1, 2004, Kmit pled guilty to embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On November 19, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Derrick Thomas, former secretary-treasurer of the Glass Molders Plastics Union, pled guilty to embezzling $10,297 in union funds. An indictment filed August 18, 2004, alleged that Thomas negotiated unauthorized checks from the union's checking account by forging the president's co signature and making them payable to himself. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On November 19, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, David Westgate, former president of Local 168, United Auto Workers, was sentenced to 12 months and one day confinement at a halfway house and two years supervision upon release. In addition, he was ordered to make full restitution of $31,867 according to a court-ordered repayment schedule. In January 2004, Westgate pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On November 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, an information was re-filed charging Danny Fuller, former financial secretary of Local 32, Glass, Molders, Plastics, and Allied Workers, with one count of embezzling $19,546.19 in union funds. The initial information was filed on November 1, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]

On November 11, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Joy Torrance, former office secretary of Local 1094, Carpenters, pled guilty to embezzling $31,640.02 in union funds. An indictment filed on July 28, 2004, alleged that Torrance created and cashed unauthorized checks to herself and other third parties from the union's checking, savings, and money market accounts. In addition, the indictment alleged that Torrance used the union's credit card without authorization. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On November 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Glenn Johnson, former president of CWA Local 3140, Communications Workers (CWA), pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with making a false statement of material fact in a report required to be filed under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.

On November 8, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Lorraine Edwards, former treasurer of Fellow Employees Involved In Representation (FAIR), pled guilty to a four-count information charging her with embezzling $4,348.44 in union funds, destruction of records, failure to file reports, and failure to maintain records. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On November 4, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Jonathan LaSalle Quinn, former president of Local 6-126, Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union ("PACE"), pled guilty to embezzling over $10,394.00 in union funds, and making false entries in union records. On August 20, 2004, Quinn was charged by indictment following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On November 2, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, an information was re-filed charging Thomas Pogue, former president of Local 32, Glass, Molders, Plastics, and Allied Workers, with embezzling union funds in excess of $5,000. The initial information was filed on October 19, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office. [Related documents: HTML | PDF]

On November 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Sandra H. Linder, former financial secretary-treasurer of Local 1317, Auto Workers, was sentenced to six months of home detention and five years of probation for embezzlement. In addition, she was ordered to pay restitution of $10,219.75 and a $100 assessment. On July 21, 2004, Linder pled guilty to embezzling more than $10,000 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On November 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Mary Jane Krausz, former office secretary of Carpenters Locals 295, 377, and 1535, pled guilty to an information filed on that same date charging her with embezzling $37,204.63 in union funds. The information follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On November 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Robert Moon, Jr., former secretary-treasurer of the Westfield Tanning Employees' Association, pled guilty to embezzling at least $15,000 in union funds. On October 18, 2004, Moon was charged by information following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

On November 1, 2004 in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Caroline Sharp, former treasurer of the Rochester School Bus Drivers Association, an independent union, pled guilty to making false entries in union records. Under a plea agreement, Sharp agreed to make restitution in the amount of $15,944. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.

On October 27, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Josefina Suarez Gonzalez, former president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1662, was indicted on 67 counts of embezzlement. The indictment alleges that Suarez Gonzalez embezzled $27,404.25 in union funds by writing unauthorized checks to cash and to herself in the amount of $23,504, and to her daughters in the amount of $3,900. The indictment supercedes an information filed September 17, 2004, charging Suarez Gonzalez with one count of embezzlement and one count of making false entries in union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

On October 27, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, an indictment was filed against Otis Johnson, Jr., former financial secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9361, charging him with one count of embezzling $9,600 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On October 27, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, an indictment was filed against Doris J. Blue, current president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2207, charging her with forgery and obstruction of justice. The indictment alleges that Blue forged the presiding judge's signature on a document purporting to be a valid court order. The charges follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office and the FBI.

On October 19, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, James L. Power IV, former president of the Virginia Loomis Fargo Employees Union, was sentenced to a suspended six-month incarceration and placed on two years probation for one count of filing a false report and one count of failure to file reports in order to conceal his embezzlement. The sentence for each count will run concurrently. Power was ordered to attend mental health treatment, make full restitution of $7,300, pay a $50 special assessment, and complete 200 hours of community service. On July 23, 2004, he pled guilty to the charges following an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On October 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Brian Payne, former office manager of Laborers Local 1392, pled guilty to embezzling $6,665 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

On October 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, an information was filed against Robert Moon, the former secretary-treasurer of the Westfield Tanning Employees Association, charging him with embezzlement of at least $15,000 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

On October 12, 2004 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Gary Miller, the former president of United Automobile Workers Local 2372, was indicted on 11 counts of embezzling union funds totaling $13,605.06. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

On October 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Rita Cloud, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 09-13314-S was sentenced to two years probation; she must serve the first six months of her sentence in home detention. In addition, Cloud was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and to perform 100 hours of community service. She previously made restitution. On June 28, 2004, she pled guilty to one count of embezzling $16,988 of union funds following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On October 5, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Francis Massey, former partner in the accounting firm of Thomas Havey LLP, was sentenced to six months home detention by electronic monitoring, two years supervised probation, and 100 hours of community service. In addition, Massey was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and restitution to OLMS in the amount of $5,000. His sentence was reduced due to his assistance in the ongoing investigation of the Iron Workers Union. On August 22, 2002, Massey pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting a conspiracy to make false statements and to defraud the Government and the union. The guilty plea and sentence follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the FBI, the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

On October 5, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Alfred Garappolo, former partner in the accounting firm of Thomas Havey LLP, was sentenced to two years supervised probation and 100 hours of community service for being an accessory after the fact to embezzlement from an employee welfare benefit plan and concealing and covering up a material fact in a Department of Labor matter. He was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and restitution to OLMS in the amount of $2,500. Garappolo's sentence was reduced due to his assistance in the ongoing investigation of the Iron Workers Union. On June 4, 2002, Garappolo pled guilty to the charges following a joint investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the FBI, the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

On October 4, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Yolanda Montgomery, former secretary-treasurer of International Guards Union of America Local 123, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,480 for one count of embezzling union funds. On June 7, 2004, Montgomery pled guilty to the charge following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On October 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, the Court denied a motion filed by Leonard J. Schaefer, former secretary-treasurer of Laborers Local 1140, to reduce the LMRDA section 504 thirteen-year bar on holding union office or employment. He filed the motion to reduce the thirteen-year bar less than a year before it terminates under the statute. The 13-year bar results from his guilty plea to one count of making false statements on January 7, 1992, following an investigation by the OLMS Kansas City Resident Investigator's Office.

On October 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Renee Hallman, former project specialist with the District of Columbia Nurses Association, pled guilty to an information filed on that same date charging her with embezzling $9,572.89 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On September 29, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Becky Harris, former secretary-treasurer of Glass Molders Plastics Local 37, was sentenced to two years probation for creating false records. In addition, Harris was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and an assessment of $25. On April 27, 2004, she pled guilty to the charge following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On September 28, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Sonya Green, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 3657, was charged in a 35-count indictment with embezzling $39,879.95 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.

On September 15, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, a superceding indictment was filed against four individuals for their criminal involvement in the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) 2 Broadway Project. Junior Campbell, a Business Agent of Laborers Local 79; Edward Garafola, a soldier in the Gambino crime family; Mario Garafola, an associate of the Gambino family; and Richard Calabro, Mario Garafola's brother-in-law, were all charged with multiple crimes. The crimes charged in the indictment included RICO, money laundering, extortion, obstruction of justice, mail fraud, perjury, unlawful labor payments, and embezzlement of employee benefit funds. The indictment estimated a monetary loss for the project in "excess" of $10 million. In addition, the guilty plea of Frederick Contini, the project developer, was unsealed. Elevator Constructors Local One, Operating Engineers Local 14, and Laborers Local 79 are involved in this ongoing joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the FBI.

On September 15, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Terry Aldrich, former president of the Westfield Tanning Employees' Association, pled guilty to embezzling approximately $39,000 in union funds. On August 12, 2004, an information was filed charging Aldrich with one count of embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

On September 10, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Donnie Chew, former secretary-treasurer for Bakery, Tobacco and Grain Workers Local 173 was sentenced to four months imprisonment and two years of supervised release during which he must complete 120 hours of community service. Chew must also participate in a substance abuse program. In addition, he was ordered to make restitution of $9,330 and pay a special assessment of $100. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On September 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Toy Jones, former treasurer of AFGE Local 1012, was sentenced to six months home confinement and three years probation for theft of funds on federal property. In addition, Jones was ordered to pay restitution of $46,408.47. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On September 8, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Peter McDonegh, a member of Elevator Constructors Local One, was sentenced to two years in prison for witness tampering. McDonegh admitted to verbally threatening the son of two primary witnesses during the course of the criminal trial of Charles Novak, the former executive vice-president of Local One and McDonegh's former father-in-law. The sentence follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the FBI.

On September 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Michael Volek, former president and treasurer of AFGE Local 2441, pled guilty to one count of bank fraud. On July 8, 2004, Volek was indicted on one count of bank fraud for embezzling $14,491.56 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.

On September 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Cynthia Walker, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1027, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, five months to be served in a half-way house followed by five years supervised release. She was also ordered to pay $10, 419 in restitution. Walker was charged on December 16, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On September 3, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Richard Krystofiak, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 9-1071-L, was sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $8,644.46 for embezzlement and making false entries. On May 18, 2004, Krystofiak pled guilty to the charges following an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On September 2, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, Allan Cahill, former president of PACE Local 745, was sentenced to five years of probation (home confinement during the first four months) for embezzlement of union funds, and was ordered to participate in a substance abuse program. In addition, Cahill was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $9,532.19 and to pay a special assessment of $100. Cahill was previously indicted for embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Investigative Office.

On September 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Michael G. Kmit, former secretary-treasurer of Auto Workers Local 2562, entered a plea change to guilty to the charge of embezzlement. Kmit was indicted on June 23, 2004, on one count of embezzling $10,953.10 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On August 25, 2004, in the Superior Court of Washington for Snohomish County, Dorothy Weber, former bookkeeper for the Northwest Sheet Metal Workers Organization Trust, was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for five counts of first degree theft. She was ordered to pay restitution of $542,778.56 and a victim assessment in the amount of $500. Weber was charged on May 7, 2004, following a joint investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office, and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General and office of the Employee Benefit Security Administration. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On August 24, 2004, in the United States District Court of the Western District of New York, Barrie Williams, secretary-treasurer of Longshoremen Local 2000-A, pled guilty to falsifying union records in order to conceal taking $7,047 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation conducted by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.

On August 20, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Jonathan Lasalle Quinn, former financial secretary-treasurer of PACE Union, Local 06-126, was indicted on one count of embezzling union funds in the amount $10,394.00, and one count of falsifying union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On August 19, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Verlia Jones, former president of AFGE Local 1012 and former treasurer for AFGE NY/NJ VA Council, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $100 special assessment for theft of funds. In addition, Jones was ordered to pay restitution of $59,513.49 to Local 1012 and the AFGE NY/NJ/ VA Council ($44,988.84 to Local 1012 and $14,524.75 to the Council). On September 10, 2003, Jones had pled guilty to the charge following an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On August 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Derrick Thomas, former secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders, & Plastics Union Local 138, was indicted on one count of embezzlement of $10, 297.72 in union funds. The charge alleges that he negotiated unauthorized checks by forging the president's co-signature and making them payable to himself from the union's checking account. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On August 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Michael Updike, former secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders, & Plastics Union Local 285, was sentenced to five years probation for embezzlement. Updike was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,343 and a special assessment of $100. The sentence follows an investigation by the Chicago District Office.

On August 12, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, an information was filed charging Terry Aldrich, former president of the Westfield Tanning Employees Association, with one count of embezzling $39,000 in union funds. The charges were brought following an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

On August 11, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Debbie Samples, former bookkeeper-office secretary for Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 809, was convicted on four counts of embezzlement. On April 6, 2004, Samples was indicted for embezzling $2,400 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On August 10, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Henry Watson, the former president of Carpenters Local 3031, was sentenced to three years probation for embezzling $4,125 in union funds. Watson was ordered to make full restitution and must not incur any additional debt. On June 1, 2004, Watson pled guilty to one count of embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On August 10, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Ivory Green, the former secretary-treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 968, was sentenced to three years probation; he will serve the first six months in a home confinement program. Green was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $19,079. On June 1, 2004, he pled guilty to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $14,484, following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On August 10, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, James E. Pearson, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 3550, was indicted for embezzling $28,686 in union funds. The charge alleged that he negotiated unauthorized checks payable to cash from the union's checking account. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On August 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, C. Michael Vencill, former secretary-treasurer of Musicians Local 101-473, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,488 and court fees of $150. On March 26, 2004, Vencill pled guilty to one felony count of embezzling union funds and two misdemeanor counts of submitting false reports to the Department of Labor. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On July 28, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Joy Torrance, former office secretary of Carpenters Local 1094, was indicted for embezzling approximately $39,881 in union funds. The charge alleged that she wrote unauthorized pay checks to herself and third parties from the union's checking, savings, and money market accounts. The charge further alleged that Torrance used the union's business credit card without authorization. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On July 28, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Jose Delgadillo, the former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 1066, was sentenced to six months home confinement and three years probation for stealing $12,185 in union funds. Delgadillo was ordered to make full restitution, to continue participating in drug rehabilitation programs, and to remain drug free. He was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $100. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On July 26, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Renee Newman, former employee of the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees Union (NAPFE), was sentenced to five years probation; she will serve the first six months in home detention. Newman was also ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $29,220.60 and to pay a $100 assessment. On April 23, 2004, she pled guilty to one count of embezzling $29,220.60 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On July 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Stanley Kelly, former president of Pre-Cast Concrete Products Union, Local 14, was sentenced to five months imprisonment, five months home confinement, two years probation, and ordered to make full restitution for embezzlement. On March 18, 2004, Kelly had pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with embezzlement of union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On July 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, James L. Power, IV, former president of the Virginia Loomis Fargo Employees Union, plead guilty to one count of filing a false report and one count of failure to file a report. On April 15, 2004, Power was indicted on those two counts and five counts of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $7,300. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On July 21, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Sandra Linder, former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 1317, entered a plea agreement in which she agreed to plead guilty to one count of embezzling more than $10,000 in union funds. On May 26, 2004, Linder was charged with embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On July 20, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, Norman Fugere, former president of American Postal Workers Local 395, was charged with embezzling $12,240 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

On July 15, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Dennis Paul Talbott, former secretary-treasurer of Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Talbott pled guilty to one count of accepting a gratuity in connection with his duties as a trustee of an employee benefit plan. The gratuity he accepted involved hunting and fishing trips paid for by Capital Consultants (CCL). CCL was involved in the loss of over 350 million dollars-mostly from union pension funds. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office, the IRS, the FBI, the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General and the Employee Benefit Security Administration. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On July 14, 2004, in the Ashtabula County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Sellers Judkins, former president of PACE Local 5-139, was sentenced to one year of supervised release for theft. He was ordered to pay a $250 fine and all costs of prosecution. On April 30, 2004, Judkins pled guilty to one count of theft of $4,217.23 in union funds. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On July 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Charles Little, former president of the United Transportation Union, was sentenced to two years imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised probation. He was also ordered to pay $100,000 in criminal forfeiture and a $10,000 fine. Little pled guilty to Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) conspiracy on January 23, 2004, following a joint investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.

On July 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Byron Boyd, former president of the United Transportation Union, was sentenced to two years imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised probation. He was also ordered to pay $100,000 in criminal forfeiture and a $10,000 fine. Boyd pled guilty to RICO conspiracy on March 11, 2004, following a joint investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.

On July 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Ralph Dennis, former Director of Insurance for the United Transportation Union Insurance Association, was sentenced to three years supervised probation. He was also ordered to pay $45,000 in criminal forfeiture and a $2,000 fine. Dennis pled guilty to RICO conspiracy on October 2, 2003, following a joint investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.

On July 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, John Rookard, former field representative for the United Transportation Union Insurance Association and project coordinator during the administration of Byron Boyd, was sentenced to three years probation with the first six months under home confinement with electronic monitoring. He was also ordered to pay $45,000 in criminal forfeiture. Rookard pled guilty to RICO conspiracy on March 10, 2004, following a joint investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.

On July 8, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Michael Volek, former president and former treasurer of AFGE Local 2441, was indicted on one count of bank fraud in excess of $14,900. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.

On July 8, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Linda Stewart, former secretary-treasurer of Graphic Communications Local 182-C (now known as Local 767-M), was sentenced to five years supervised probation with six months to be spent in home detention with electronic monitoring. Stewart was also ordered to pay $65,005 in restitution. Stewart pled guilty on February 6, 2004, to a one count information charging her with embezzlement. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.

On July 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Timothy Aldridge, former president of Florence Steelworkers Local 1, an independent union, was sentenced to 33 months in prison followed by three years supervised release. He was ordered to spend 500 hours in a residential substance abuse treatment program and to pay $112,525.27 in restitution and $100 in court costs. Aldridge had been indicted on April 9, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On July 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, an indictment was filed against Brian K. Payne, former office manager of Laborers' Local 1392, charging him with one count of embezzling approximately $5,830 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the Cincinnati District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On July 6, 2004, in the Ventura County (California) Superior Court, President James D. Torrez, former president of Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter 105, was sentenced to 180 days in jail for embezzling $9,801. In addition, Torrez must pay full restitution and faces three years probation on his release from incarceration. Torrez had previously entered a guilty plea on May 10, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

On July 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, John Lontine, former business agent of Sheet Metal Workers Local 9 was sentenced to one year supervised probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Lontine pled guilty to a one count information charging him with causing a plan administrator to fail to include certain transactions in the plan's annual report. The charges resulted from the investigation into the collapse of Capital Consultants, LLC, involving $350 million in losses, mostly from union pension funds. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office, the FBI, the IRS, and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On July 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Robert Mayhew, former business manager of IBEW Local 415, was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Mayhew pled guilty to a one count information charging him with causing a plan administrator to fail to include certain transactions in the plan's annual report. The charges resulted from the investigation into the collapse of Capital Consultants, LLC. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office, the FBI, the IRS, and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General and the Employee Benefits Security Administration. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On July 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, an indictment was filed against William Timothy Frost, former financial secretary of Food and Commercial Workers Local 125-C, charging him with one count of embezzling $4,762.10 in union funds and one count of making false entries in union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On July 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, an indictment was filed against Glenda Ann Woods, former secretary-treasurer of PACE Local 3-543, charging her with one count of embezzling $18,447.92 in union funds and one count of making false entries in union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On June 30, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, George W. Fridenstine, former financial-secretary of Carpenters Local 305, was sentenced to six months of home confinement with electronic supervision for embezzling $24,174.64 in union funds. Additionally, Fridenstine was ordered to complete 15 months of supervised probation and fined $2,000. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On June 24, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, an information was filed against Veronica Keith (aka Parker), former bookkeeper of Office and Professional Employees Local 29, charging her with seven counts of making false entries in the union's records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On June 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Michael G. Kmit, former financial secretary of United Autoworkers Local 2562, was charged with embezzling $10,953.50 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On June 22, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Gerhard Hubbard, former secretary-treasurer of Roofers Local 156, was sentenced to five years of supervised probation for embezzlement and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $18,002. On April 2, 2004, Hubbard pled guilty to a one count information charging him with embezzling from the local's vacation fund. The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On June 22, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Daniel F. Kearney, former secretary-treasurer of Laborers Local 79, pled guilty to embezzling union funds. Also, he admitted to forging the signature of another officer on union checks and filing false and misleading Form LM-2 reports. Kearney has made full restitution in the amount of $149,330.12. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On June 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Lynn Dianne Kittelson, former secretary for Teamsters Local 142, pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union records. She was subsequently sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to undergo monthly drug testing. On January 30, 2004, an information was filed against Kittelson following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On June 17, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Paul B. Ladner, former treasurer of Stage & Picture Operators (IATSE) Local 674, was sentenced to six months home confinement under the electronic monitoring device program followed by three years probation for failing to maintain union records. He was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $7,162.50 and to pay a $25 special assessment. On March 29, 2004, Ladner pled guilty to the charge following an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On June 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Denita Cromartie and Paul Reid, former secretary-treasurer and former president, respectively, of AFGE Local 1080, were indicted on three counts of filing false annual financial reports and two counts of mail fraud. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On June 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Dean Kirkland, a salesman for Capital Consultants, LLC. (CCL), was convicted of offering and promising illegal gratuities, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice for lying to federal agents. Union trustees and co-defendants Gary Kirkland (Dean's father) and Robert Legino were acquitted of accepting illegal gratuities. Dean Kirkland was charged on August 22, 2002, as a result of an investigation into the dissolution of CCL involving $350 million in losses, mostly from union pension funds. The conviction follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office, the IRS, the FBI, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration.

On June 8, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Brian Brabazon, former president of Chemical Workers Local 294 (United Food and Commercial Workers), was sentenced for making a willful false entry in union records. Brabazon pled guilty to the charge on March 5, 2004. He was initially indicted in September 2003, on one count of embezzling union funds; he later pled guilty to the lesser charge. Brabazon was sentenced to one year of probation, restitution in the amount of $3,672.84, and a $100 fine (which was waived). The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.

On June 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Yolanda Montgomery, former treasurer of the International Guards Union of America Local 123, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $3,480 in union funds. Montgomery had been indicted on April 6, 2004. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On June 3, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Andrew Alan Wiederhorn, co-founder of Wilshire Financial Services, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $2,000,000 in restitution. Wiederhorn pled guilty to a two-count information charging him with unlawful payment of a gratuity and the filing of a false tax return. The charges result from an investigation into the collapse of Capital Consultants, LLC. (CCL) involving $350 million in losses, mostly from union pension funds. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office, the FBI, the IRS, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General and the Employee Benefits Security Administration. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On June 2, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, James Mitchell, former president of Machinists Lodge 2008, pled guilty to an information filed the same day charging him with one count of embezzling $2,900 in union funds. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On June 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Henry Watson, former president of Carpenters Local 3031, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $4,125 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On June 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Ivory Green, former secretary-treasurer of Postal Workers Local 968, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $14,484 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On May 28, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Ohio, Allan Spates, former president of PACE Local 05-1250, pled guilty to three counts of embezzling $20,655.21 in union funds and one count of false statements. The guilty pleas follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On May 27, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Donnie Chew, former financial secretary for Bakery, Tobacco & Grain Workers Local 173, pled guilty to embezzlement following a plea agreement. An information had been filed on May 13, 2004 charging him with embezzling $9,330.20 in union funds. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On May 26, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Ohio, Kevan D. Sprow, former treasurer of Machinists District Lodge 57, was sentenced to six months home confinement, three years supervised probation, restitution in the amount of $48,597 and reimbursement of home confinement costs. Sprow pled guilty on March 4, 2004, to one count of embezzling $49,847 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On May 26, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Sandra Linder, former financial secretary for Auto Workers Local 1317, was indicted on one count of embezzling more than $10,000 in union funds. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On May 24, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Lawrence Mendelsohn, co-founder of Wilshire Financial Services, was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation with six months to be served as home detention under electronic monitoring. Mendelsohn was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $105,454 in restitution. On November 21, 2003, Mendelsohn pled guilty to one count of filing a false income tax return. His conviction resulted from an investigation into the dissolution of Capital Consultants, LLC (CCL). CCL clients lost over $350 million, most of which came from union pension funds. The conviction follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General and the Employee Benefits Security Administration. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On May 24, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Morris Diminno, former union representative of Operating Engineers Local 14, was sentenced to 70 months in prison for conspiracy to receive, possess and dispose of money obtained by fraud and transported across state lines, unlawful labor payment, engaging in an unlawful monetary transaction, and obstruction of justice. He was required to forfeit $800,000 in connection with the no-show job scheme at the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) headquarters. Diminno and co-defendants were jointly and severally responsible for paying $7 million in restitution. The sentence follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the FBI.

On May 21, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Jerome M. Smith, former financial secretary of Auto Workers Local 933, pled guilty to a one count information charging him with embezzling $30,000 in union funds. On the same date, Smith was sentenced to six months home detention, three years probation, and 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to make full restitution to the union. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On May 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Darryl Maynard, former secretary-treasurer of PACE Local 07-816, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $7,309 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On May 17, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Jeffery Henson, former secretary-treasurer of Graphic Communications Workers Local 42-C, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $98,000 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On May 17, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Barbara Ann Hayes, former bookkeeper and office secretary for United Food & Commercial Workers Local 990, was indicted on 35 counts of embezzling $27,248.82 in union funds The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.

On May 14, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Edward Lynch, a member of Elevator Constructors Local One, pled guilty to an information charging him with two counts of conspiracy. Count one related to unlawful labor payments and conspiracy to commit mail fraud and count two related to defrauding the government of income taxes. This investigation was part of an ongoing investigation involving the Elevator Constructors Local One operator no-show job scheme. Charges were filed following a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, the FBI, and the IRS.

On May 13, 2004, in the Criminal Court for Davidson County (Tennessee), David Randolph, former president of Machinists Lodge 154, pled guilty to theft of property in excess of $10,000 and was simultaneously sentenced to six years of supervised probation. Randolph was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $33,416. The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On May 13, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Jennifer Phillips, former office secretary for Laborers Local 1073, was sentenced to five months home confinement followed by three years probation for embezzlement. Phillips was also ordered to pay a special court assessment of $100.00 and to make restitution of $35,040.96 in 36 monthly payments of $973.36. She was indicted on November 21, 2003, and pled guilty on February 17, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On May 10, 2004, in the Ventura County Superior Court, James D. Torrez, former president of Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter 105, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $9,801 in union funds. Torrez had been charged with two counts of embezzlement on July 21, 2003. The charges and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

On May 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Michael Weiss, a contractor, pled guilty to an information charging him with obstruction of justice and making a false statement. Weiss was involved in a $10 million fraud against the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in the renovation of its new headquarters at 2 Broadway in New York City. In April 2003, an indictment was filed against seven individuals including a developer, officers from Operating Engineers Local 14 and members of Elevator Constructors, Local One. Weiss' guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the FBI.

On May 7, 2004, in the Superior Court of Washington for Snohomish County, a five-count information was filed against Dorothy Weber, former bookkeeper for the Northwest Sheet Metal Workers Organization Trust, charging her with first-degree theft. Weber allegedly took over $400,000 from the fund without authorization by writing over fifty checks to herself in amounts ranging from $985 to over $5,000. The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General and the Employee Benefits Security Administration. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On May 5, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Rose Erma (Irma) Elizaldez, former secretary-treasurer for National Federation of Federal Employees, IAM Local 1031, was sentenced to six months home confinement and one year probation for misdemeanor receiving stolen property (approximately $500.00). She was not ordered to pay restitution since she had previously repaid $26,655 to the union; however, she was assessed $25. Elizaldez pled guilty on February 6, 2004 following an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.

On May 5, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Gene Malinowski, former secretary-treasurer and business manager of Boilermakers Lodge 1851, was sentenced to six months community confinement, six months home confinement and five years probation for conspiracy and embezzlement. Malinowski was fined $100, assessed $50 and ordered to make additional restitution in the amount of $17,205. On December 18, 2003, he was indicted on one count of conspiracy and one count of embezzlement. Since the amount in the indictment was unspecified, the loss was fixed at $81,000 during the sentencing. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Office.

On May 4, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, an indictment was filed against Rita Cloud, former financial secretary of Steelworkers Local 09-13314, charging her with one count of embezzling $16,988 in union funds and one count of concealment/destruction of union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On May 3, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, a two-count information was filed against Angelous "Smokey" Lineback, former international representative for Retail, Wholesale District Council of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 1050. The information charged him with one count of embezzling $182,443 in union funds and one count of making false entries in union records. On the same date, Lineback entered a plea agreement and pled guilty. The charge and subsequent plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On April 29, 2004, in the United States District Court for Connecticut, Alan Cahill, former president of PACE Local 745, pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with embezzling $9,582 in union funds. He had been indicted on January 26, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Office.

On April 28, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Rezin D. Hudkins, former financial secretary-treasurer of PACE Local 5-276, was sentenced to one year of probation for falsifying union records. He was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $2,274.38 and to pay a $25 special assessment. On January 9, 2004, Hudkins pled guilty to falsifying union records following an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On April 27, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, an information was filed against Becky S. Harris (nee Martin), former secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders & Plastics Local 37, charging her with one count of making false entries in union records. On the same date, Harris entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and was assessed a $25 fine. She had already made restitution in the amount of $27,484. The charge and subsequent guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On April 27, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, an information was filed against Michael D. Updike, former secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders & Plastics Local 285, charging him with one count of embezzling $9,343 in union funds. On the same date, Updike entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and agreed to make full restitution. He was assessed a $100 fine. The charge and subsequent guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On April 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Renee Newman, former employee of the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees (NAPFE), pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with embezzlement. An information filed on March 5, 2004, had charged her with embezzling $29,220.60 in union funds. The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C.

On April 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Darvin Collins, former business manager of IBEW Local 16, pled guilty to two counts of embezzling $26,804 in union funds. On the same day, he was sentenced to ten months imprisonment on each count to be served concurrently and two years supervised release for each count, also to be served concurrently. In addition, Collins was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $26,804 and assessed $200. He had been indicted on May 22, 2002, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

On April 21, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Suzanne Coleman, former secretary-treasurer of Machinist Lodge 2909, was sentenced to five years probation for embezzlement. She was ordered to complete 240 hours of community service during the first 18 months of probation, 180 days home confinement, and must make full restitution of $11,196.88. On December 16, 2004, Coleman pled guilty to one count of embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On April 21, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Jose Delgadillo, former financial secretary-treasurer of Auto Workers Local 1066, pled guilty to a one-count superceding information charging him with stealing $12,585 in union funds. Delgadillo was previously indicted on January 29, 2004, on one count of stealing and one count of making false entries. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On April 20, 2004 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Ray Burns, the former secretary-treasurer of PACE Local 326, was sentenced to three years probation for embezzlement. He was ordered to pay a $100 assessment and restitution totaling $29,587. On November 13, 2003, Burns pled guilty to one count of embezzling $29,587 in union funds. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

On April 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Julie Palmi, former bookkeeper of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1116, was sentenced to six months home confinement with work release privileges and three years probation. In addition, she was ordered to make full restitution. Palmi pled guilty on January 21, 2004, to one count of embezzling approximately $53,570 in union funds. An information charging Palmi with embezzlement was filed on October 16, 2003. This case was transferred from the District of Minnesota to the Southern District of California pursuant to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the consent of the parties. The charge, guilty plea, and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On April 15, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, James Power, former president of the Virginia Loomis Fargo Employees Union, was indicted on five counts of embezzling $7,300 in union funds. He was also indicted on one count of filing a false report and one count of failure to file. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On April 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Timothy Aldridge, former president of Florence Steelworkers Local 1, pled guilty to one count of embezzling $112,525 in union funds. Aldridge had been indicted on April 9, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office.

On April 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, an indictment was filed against Henry Watson, former president of Carpenters Local 3031, charging him with one count of embezzling $4,125 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On April 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, an indictment was filed against Yolanda Montgomery, former secretary-treasurer of Guards Independent Local 123, charging her with one count of embezzling $3,480 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On April 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, an indictment was filed against Ivory Green, former treasurer of American Postal Workers Local 968, charging him with one count of embezzling $14,483.50 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On April 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, Debbie Samples, former bookkeeper for Plasterers Local 809, was indicted on charges of embezzling $2,400 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the Dallas District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On April 2, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Gerhard Hubbard, former secretary-treasurer of Roofers Local 156, pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzling approximately $18,000 from the local's vacation fund. He admitted to writing checks to himself, his wife, and to his roofing company from the fund. Initially, Hubbard pled not guilty at a November 12, 2003 arraignment. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On April 2, 2004, in the Ohio Municipal Court Criminal Division (Dayton), Ronald Richardson, former sergeant-at-arms with American Federation of Government Employees Local 2209, was charged in a three-count criminal complaint with one count of petty theft and two counts of tampering with records. The complaint alleges that Richardson embezzled $460 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On April 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Richard Krystofiak, former secretary-treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-1071-L, was charged in a two-count indictment with embezzlement and making false entries in union records. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On March 29, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Paul Bruce Ladner, former treasurer for Stage and Picture Operators Local Union 674, pled guilty to a one count information charging him with failure to maintain union records. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On March 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Robert Hart, former president of Steelworkers Local 9-447, was sentenced to two years supervised probation. He made full restitution in the amount of $18,257. Hart had previously pled guilty to filing a false labor organization annual financial report on December 5, 2003, at which time an embezzlement charge was dismissed. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Nashville District Office.

On March 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Peter McDonegh, a member of Elevator Constructors Local One, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of witness tampering. The charge and guilty plea were filed on the same day. McDonegh admitted to verbally threatening two primary witnesses during the course of the criminal trial of Charles Novak, the former executive vice-president of Local One and McDonegh's father-in-law. McDonegh was released on $250,000 bail and, as a result of his guilty plea, released from prison. He spent approximately 60 days in jail during Novak's trial. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On March 11, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Byron Boyd, former president of the United Transportation Union, pled guilty to one count of labor racketeering conspiracy. Boyd admitted to using his position as assistant international president from 1995 to 2001 and as international president from 2001 to 2003, to solicit and collect cash payments and other things of value from attorneys doing business with the union. He directed other union officials to do the same. Boyd, and former president Charles Little (who previously pled guilty to one count of labor racketeering) used the money to fund their campaigns for union office in 1995 and 1999 and Boyd's 2003 campaign, in addition to using the money for their personal use. Boyd will forfeit $100,000 to the Federal government from the proceeds of the racketeering activity. The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General and the FBI.

On March 11, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, James Robinson, former president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1101, was placed on two years probation for failing to maintain union records. He was ordered to complete restitution to the union in the amount of $9,987. Robinson pled guilty to the charge on December 9, 2003. The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On March 10, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, John Rookard, a special assistant and project coordinator to Byron Boyd, president of the United Transportation Union, pled guilty to one count of labor racketeering conspiracy. Rookard and Boyd admitted to soliciting and collecting thousands of dollars in cash from attorneys nationwide. The scheme involved attorneys seeking designation by UTU to receive lucrative business associated with the personal injury claims of rail workers. Rookard will forfeit $45,000 to the Federal government from the proceeds of the racketeering activity. The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General and the FBI.

On March 10, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, an indictment was filed against Robert Levine, former business agent-financial secretary of Painters Local 1175, charging him with two counts of embezzling $212,580.05 in union funds and embezzling $3,350.00 from an apprenticeship fund. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.

On March 10, 2004, in the District Court for Ramsey County (Minnesota), a criminal complaint was signed charging Brian Wimberly, former treasurer of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 506, with one count of theft of $722 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On March 5, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Brian Brabazon, former president of Local 294 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (Chemical Workers Union Council) pled guilty to making a willful false entry in a union record. Brabazon had been indicted in September 2003 on one count of embezzling $3672.84 in union funds. In a plea agreement, a superseding information was filed and Brabazon pled guilty to the misdemeanor false records charge. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office.

On March 5, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, William Lane, former president of Machinists Lodge 2525, was sentenced to one year in prison followed by three years of probation and ordered to make restitution of $16,998, which includes $2,098 to a bank. On December 16, 2003, Lane pled guilty to one count of embezzlement. The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On March 3, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kevan D. Sprow, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists District Lodge 57, pled guilty to an information charging him with embezzling $49, 847 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On March 3, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Elizabeth Martin, former bookkeeper and secretary for the New Mexico Construction Trades Council, and Iron Workers Local 495, was sentenced to four months in prison, four months home confinement, and ordered to pay $62,784 in restitution. On August 23, 2003, Martin pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with embezzling $68,743 in union funds from the Council and Local 495. The plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.

On March 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Charles Novak, former executive vice president of Elevators Constructors Local One, was found guilty by a jury of charges relating to racketeering conspiracy, racketeering, unlawful labor payments, mail fraud, money laundering conspiracy, and false ERISA statements. The charges related to a no-show job scheme at 19 different construction sites in New York City. Due to a special verdict rendered against Novak, he was ordered to forfeit $400,000 to the government from the proceeds derived from the racketeering enterprise plus $100,000 for the money laundering violations. His Local One annuity and 401K fund accounts in addition to his membership in Local One will be forfeited. Federal charges were filed against Novak on February 7, 2002, following a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the FBI.

On February 25, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, an information was filed against Paul Bruce Ladner, former secretary-treasurer of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 674, charging him with failure to maintain union records. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office.

On February 25, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Henry O. Ach, former union representative of Elevators Constructors Local One, pled guilty to unlawful labor payments and mail fraud relating to the Sotheby's jobsite in New York City. On August 4, 2003, a grand jury returned an indictment against Ach and the former executive vice president of Local One, Charles Novak, for RICO and other crimes. On February 7, 2002, 27 members of Local One including two Business Agents were charged in a racketeering indictment with a variety of crimes relating to a no-show scheme at 19 different construction sites in New York City. The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration and the FBI.

On February 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Nancy Childs, the former financial secretary of Steelworkers, Local Union 4-151G was fined $1,000 and placed on one year of unsupervised probation for making false entries in union records. Childs pled guilty to the charge in January 2004. The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.

On February 23, 2004, in United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Efrain C. Tulier, former secretary-treasurer of the Communications Workers of America Local 2185, was sentenced for embezzlement. He was granted a downward departure from the sentencing guidelines for extraordinary family circumstances. Tulier was ordered to serve one year probation with six months of home detention and to pay restitution in the amount of $41,456. On September 15, 2003, he entered a guilty plea following an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On February 19, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (Southern Division), Mark Campbell, former president of United Automobile Workers Local 167, was sentenced to 24 months of probation, the first six of which are to be served in home detention with electronic monitoring, and to perform 200 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a $25 special assessment. On November 24, 2003, Campbell pled guilty to one count of making false entries in union records. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit District Office.

On February 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, an information was filed against Jerome M. Smith, former financial-secretary of United Auto Workers Local 933, charging him with embezzling $30,000 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On February 18, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, William C. Miller, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 498, pled not guilty to an indictment charging him with one count of embezzlement and one count of making a false entry. Miller was indicted on February 5, 2004, following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On February 17, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Jennifer L. Phillips, former office secretary for Laborers Local 1073, pled guilty to one count of a 27-count indictment charging her with embezzling $34,427.74 in union funds. Phillips was charged on November 21, 2003. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.

On February 17, 2004, in the United State District Court for the Southern District of New York, Willie Dell Clark, former treasurer of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 36, the nation's largest Letter Carrier affiliate representing over 6,300 members, was indicted for using her position to embezzle approximately $69,000 in union funds between January 1999 and July 2001. This indictment followed her arrest by the United States Marshals Service at her home in Denmark, South Carolina, and resulted from an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On February 10, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, an information was filed against Cheryl Martin, the daughter of a former executive assistant of Washington Teacher's Union (WTU), charging her with conspiracy to launder more than $480,000 in union funds. The charges allege that Martin's husband, Michael Martin, and Errol Alderman set up a fictitious company that they and Cheryl Martin used to launder money back to an officer and an employee of the union. Michael and Cheryl Martin also used a portion of the laundered money for personal purchases. On the same date as the indictment, Cheryl Martin pled guilty to the charge following an ongoing investigation of the Washington Teachers' Union by the OLMS Washington District Office, the FBI, the IRS and the United States Attorney's Office.

On February 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Maria T. Eaton, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists Lodge 2714, was sentenced to five years probation, six months of home confinement, and ordered to make restitution of $14,642.84. She pled guilty on October 17, 2003, to embezzling $10,000 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On February 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Erma Elizaldez, former secretary-treasurer for National Federation of Federal Employees, IAM, Local Union 1031, pled guilty to a one count information charging her with misdemeanor receiving stolen property (approximately $500.00). Elizaldez stipulated that she received $14,491.89 from the local's checking account and $4,151.00 from the arbitration/savings account, for a combined total of $18,642.89. Elizaldez paid restitution of approximately $26,655.00. In a plea agreement, she agreed not to hold any official title in the labor organization, other than as a member, for 13 years from the date of the plea. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.

On February 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, George W. Fridenstine, former financial secretary of Carpenters Local 305, was charged with embezzling $24,174.64 in union funds. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On February 6, 2004, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Linda Stewart, former secretary-treasurer of Graphic Communications, Local 182-C, pled guilty to a one count information charging her with embezzling between $68,701 and $73,428.87 in union funds. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On February 6, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kevan D. Sprow, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists District Lodge 57, was charged with embezzling $49,847 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On February 5, 2004, in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, William C. Miller, former financial secretary-treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge 498, was indicted on one count of embezzling $62,015 in union funds and one count of making a false entry in union records. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On January 30, 2004, in the United States District Court for Nevada, Tim Egan, former business manager and secretary-treasurer of Bricklayers Local 3, was sentenced to four months of home detention with electronic monitoring and 24 months of probation for failure to maintain union records and making false statements and omissions of material facts in union reports. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $19,363.43 and to undergo treatment for gambling and drug addiction. Egan pled guilty to the charges on September 22, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On January 30, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Lynn Dianne Kittelson, former clerk with Teamsters Local 142, was charged in a one-count information for falsifying union records. In a plea agreement entered on the same date, Kittelson admitted to taking dues receipts to which she was not entitled (determined to be $6,497 by OLMS investigation). The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On January 30, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Barbara Bullock, former president of the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU), was sentenced to 110 months in prison, followed by a year in a halfway house. Upon release from prison, Bullock will be on probation for three years and must perform 3,000 hours of community service. Bullock was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,662,924. The sentence resulted from an ongoing investigation of the WTU by the OLMS Washington District Office, the FBI, the IRS and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

On January 30, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Joseph Danik, former financial secretary of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 121, was sentenced to three years probation for embezzling $6,194 in union funds. Danik was ordered to pay restitution, in addition to undergoing alcohol, gambling and mental health treatment. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On January 29, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Kendall Williams, former president of Philadelphia Newspaper, Inc. (PNI) Security Union, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, and six months home confinement with three years supervised release. Williams was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $32,185.84 and pay an assessment of $950.00. On July 24, 2003, Kendall pled guilty to nine counts of theft from an employee benefit fund totaling $29,683.84, one count of failure to maintain records and one count of failure to file. The guilty pleas and sentencing follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office and the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General.

On January 29, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Jose Delgadillo, former financial secretary-treasurer of Auto Workers LU 1066, was indicted on one count of embezzling $12,185 in union funds and one count of making a false entry. Delgadillo allegedly forged the signature of another officer on a union check and converted the proceeds. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On January 26, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, Allen Cahill, former president of Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE) Local 745, surrendered to federal marshals after an indictment was filed on October 7, 2003, charging him with one count of embezzlement and one count of willful violation of the reporting and/or recordkeeping requirements of the LMRDA. The indictment, which was sealed until his surrender, alleges that Cahill embezzled $42,047 in union funds by making unauthorized cash withdrawals, purchasing personal items with the union debit card, obtaining and keeping travel advances when he did not travel, receiving reimbursement for the travel of family members, obtaining duplicate expense reimbursements and taking unauthorized salary increases. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS New Haven Resident Investigator Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On January 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Charles Little, former president of the United Transportation Union, pled guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy. Little admitted to using his position as international president from 1995 to 2001 to embezzle union funds, and direct other union officials to do the same by soliciting and receiving over $525,000 in cash from thirty-four attorneys. Little was ordered to forfeit $100,000 which represents the proceeds of the racketeering activity. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New Orleans District Office, the Department of Labor's Office of the Inspector General and the FBI.

On January 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Nancy E. Childs, former treasurer of Steelworkers, Local 151-G, pleaded guilty to falsifying union records. Between May 1996 and May 2000, Childs falsified union records to cover up an embezzlement of $9,614 in union funds. She made full restitution to the union. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Buffalo District Office.

On January 21, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Julie Palmi, former bookkeeper for United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1116, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling approximately $53,570 in union funds. An information charging Palmi with embezzlement had been filed on October 16, 2003, following an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office. This case was transferred from the District of Minnesota to the Southern District of California pursuant to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the consent of the parties.

On January 16, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, after petitioning the court to enter a guilty plea on December 16, 2003, Suzanne Coleman, former secretary-treasurer for Machinist Local Lodge 2909, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling $11,197 in union funds. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas District Office. [Related documents: HTML |PDF]

On January 8, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Russell Taylor, former treasurer of the Machinists Lodge 90, was sentenced to thirty days of incarceration, three years probation, and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $36,142.08. On September 25, 2003, Taylor pled guilty to embezzling $36,142.08 in union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

On January 8, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Sandra Briggs, former treasurer of Letter Carriers Branch 378, was sentenced to 24 months probation, a $1000 fine, and a special assessment of $25 for creating false records. Additionally, Briggs was ordered to pay $58.76 in restitution. The sentence follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

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