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Criminal Enforcement Actions 2014

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 March 27, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Duane Rill, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Berry Metal Employees’ Association (located in Cranberry, Pa.), was sentenced to six months of home detention with electronic device monitoring commencing immediately, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay the remaining restitution in the amount of $896 and a $100 special assessment.  Rill previously made partial restitution in the amount of $12,600.  On November 22, 2013, Rill pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with embezzling union funds in the amount of $13,496, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.

On March 26, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Dianna Woodall pled guilty to bank theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2113(b), and aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2, for participating in a scheme to cash a $9,836 counterfeit check drawn on the bank account of Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA) District 1 (located in Washington, D.C.).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On March 25, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Ronald Martin, former bookkeeper for International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 9 (located in Denver, Colo.), was sentenced to five months of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $30,338 and a $200 assessment.  At the time of his sentencing, Martin also petitioned the court for an exemption from the Section 504 bar prohibiting him from serving as a union official or employee for 13 years following his conviction; the judge denied his request.  On November 14, 2013, Martin pled guilty to a two-count information charging him with embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office. 

On March 20, 2014, in the United States Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, John Vetterly, Jr., former President of Utility Workers Local 475 (located in Rochester, Pa.), pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $26,605, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  On October 8, 2013, Vetterly was indicted for embezzlement and conspiracy to embezzle union funds.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office. 

On March 20, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Robert Davis, former Secretary-Treasurer for Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) Division 644 (located in Galesburg, Ill.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  On July 23, 2013, Davis was charged in an indictment with embezzling $27,712 in union funds.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.  

On March 20, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Harold Ray, former secretary for National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 469 and the Alabama State Association, located in Mobile, Ala. and Birmingham, Ala., respectively, pled guilty to count one of the indictment to embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  On January 31, 2014, Ray was indicted in a two-count indictment with one count of embezzling $38,565 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of access device fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1029(a)(2).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On March 20, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Rena Opre, former Secretary Treasurer for Workers United, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 323 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was charged in an information with one count of failing to disclose a material fact in a report filed with the Secretary of Labor, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.

On March 19, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division, Julie Skaggs, former office manager for International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 372 (located in Cincinnati, Ohio), was charged in a one-count indictment for embezzling $51,491 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On March 19, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, John Brennan, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 23 (located in Providence, R.I.), was indicted on three counts of embezzlement of labor union funds in the amount of $33,546, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); three counts of embezzlement from an employee benefit plan in the amount of $40,510, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 664; and seven counts of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration.  

On March 17, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Jesse Madrigal, former Treasurer of the Independent Oil and Chemical Workers Union (IOCW) (located in Kansas City, Kans.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  Madrigal already paid full restitution in the amount of $30,607.  On November 27, 2013, Madrigal pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with embezzlement of union funds totaling $24,227, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On March 14, 2014, in the Stearns County Court of Minnesota, James Kiser, former Directing Business Representative of International Association of Machinists (IAM) District Lodge 65 (located in St. Cloud, Minn.), pled guilty to one count of theft by swindle of over $1,000, in violation of Minnesota Statute 609.52.  On December 18, 2012, Kiser was charged with four felony counts of theft by swindle totaling a theft of $5,919.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On March 13, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Dianna Woodall was charged in a criminal information with one count of bank theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2113(b), and one count of aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2, for participating in a scheme to cash a $9,836 counterfeit check drawn on the bank account of Marine Engineers Beneficial Association District 1 (located in Washington, D.C.).  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On March 12, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Jeanine Breaux, former office secretary for Carpenters Local 1846 (located in Metairie, La.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  On February 3, 2014, Breaux was charged in a one-count bill of information with embezzlement of union funds.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On March 12, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Andrea Hobgood, former secretary for Ironworkers Local 58 (located in New Orleans, La.), pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  On January 27, 2014, Hobgood was charged in a one-count bill of information with embezzlement of union funds.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On March 12, 2014, in the Hennepin County (Minnesota) District Court, Jason Brown, former shop chairman of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 87140 (located in Minneapolis, Minn.), pled guilty to one count of theft by swindle of over $1,000, in violation of Minnesota Statute 609.52.  Brown was then sentenced to one year and one day confinement (stayed for five years), but ordered to serve 90 days of confinement in addition to five years of probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,905 less whatever restitution he previously paid.  Brown may not possess a firearm and must provide a DNA sample.  Brown will be allowed to serve his time either at a workhouse with work release or at home with electronic home monitoring.  The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office. 

On March 11, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Michael W. Couch, former Business Manager of Sheet Metal Workers (SMW) Local 270 (located in Tulsa, Okla.), was charged in an indictment with false entry and willful concealment of union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  Couch pled guilty to the charge. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On March 7, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Melissa Gustafson, former bookkeeper for Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 84110 (located in Silvis, Ill.), was sentenced to three years of home confinement, three years of probation, three months of curfew, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  Gustafson already paid full restitution of $12,059.  On August 16, 2013, Gustafson pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On March 6, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Janet Posey, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 (located in Clarksburg, W.Va.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $250 fine.  On October 22, 2013, Posey pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with receiving and concealing less than $1,000 in money and funds feloniously taken, stolen, and embezzled, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662.  Posey previously made full restitution of $3,026.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office. 

On March 6, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Linda Bland, former Vice President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2384 (located in Clarksburg, W.Va.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay $947 in restitution and a $250 fine.  On October 22, 2013, Bland pled guilty to a one-count information charging her with receiving and concealing less than $1,000 in money and funds feloniously taken, stolen, and embezzled, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 662.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.

On March 6, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Kenneth Marshall, Jr. pled guilty to one count of bank theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2113(b), and one count of aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2, for cashing two counterfeit checks totaling $18,851 drawn on the bank account of Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA) District 1 (located in Washington, D.C.).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

On February 25, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Jesse E. Morgan, former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1707  (located in Kansas City, Mo.), was indicted on 29 counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, for embezzling $185,000 in union funds.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On February 12, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, Leonard Bridge, II, former business manager for Elevator Constructors Local 131 (located in Albuquerque, N.M.), was indicted on 20 counts of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office. 

On February 12, 2014, in the Franklin County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Kimberly Williams, former Secretary-Treasurer of Transport Workers Union Local 12 (located in Columbus, Ohio), was indicted on one count of theft in an amount greater than $1,000 but less than $7,500, and one count of forgery.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On February 7, 2014, in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Indiana, Karen Stone, former bookkeeper for Boilermakers Local Lodge 374 (located in Hammond, Ind.), was charged in an information with embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  On the same date, Stone pled guilty to the embezzlement charge in the amount of $9,169.  The information and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On February 5, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Angela G. Webster, former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 943 (located in Tulsa, Okla.), was sentenced to six years of  probation and was ordered to pay $23,015 in restitution.  On November 5, 2013, Webster pled guilty to embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On February 3, 2014, in the 16th Judicial District Court, St. Mary’s Parish, Patrick Parker, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 638C (located in Franklin, La.), pled guilty to theft of $1,500 or more, a violation of LA R.S. 14:67.  Parker was then sentenced to five years at hard labor (suspended), three years of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,480 and $1,375 in fines.  The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On February 3, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Adam Raimer, former Secretary-Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1027 (located in Fresno, Calif.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay the remaining restitution amount of $18,429 and a $200 special assessment.  Raimer had previously paid restitution in the amount of $23,000.  On September 20, 2013, Raimer pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $41,429, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of access device fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1029(a)(2).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle Office.  

On February 3, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Jeanine Breaux, former secretary/bookkeeper for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1846 (located in Metairie, La.), was charged in a one-count bill of information with embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On January 31, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Harold Ray, former secretary of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 469 (located in Mobile, Ala.), and former secretary of the NALC Alabama State Association (located in Birmingham, Ala.), was indicted on one count of embezzling $38,565 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of access device fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1029(a)(2).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans Office.

On January 30, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Linda Ryan, former Secretary-Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 208 (located in Irving, Tex.), pled guilty to embezzling $54,416 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  On January 23, 2014, Ryan was charged in a one-count information with embezzlement of union funds.  The charge and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On January 28, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Shelly Roanhorse, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3601 (located in Claremore, Okla.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay $4,565 in restitution.  On October 21, 2013, Roanhorse pled guilty to a one count indictment charging her with making false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On January 28, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, James E. Charleston, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2107 (located in North Chicago, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341.  A superseding indictment filed on August 15, 2013 charged Charleston with four counts of mail fraud and one count of theft on government property, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On January 27, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Andrea Hobgood, former Secretary for International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 58 (located in New Orleans, La.), was charged in a one-count bill of information with embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On January 23, 2014, in the Dakota County (Minnesota) District Court, David Westgard, former Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 65 (located in Mendota Heights, Minn.), was sentenced to 20 days of imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,241.  Westgard had previously paid restitution in the amount of $22,719.  On November 12, 2013, Westgard pled guilty to one count of Theft – Indifferent to Owner Rights.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On January 22, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville, Reda Overton, former Executive Secretary of Locomotive Engineers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) General Committee of Adjustment (GCA) 4-175 (located in Cynthiana, Ky.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzling approximately $206,056 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.

On January 21, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Edward Martin Mosher, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 9-458 (located in Plant City, Fla.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $65,895, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Tampa Resident Investigator Office.

On January 17, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kristie McClarren, former Financial Secretary of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 3061 (located in Crestline, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $152,639, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On January 16, 2014, in the 421st Judicial District Court, Caldwell County, Texas, David Martinez, former Secretary Treasurer of Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 267 (located in Austin, Tex.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $10,512 and a $1,500 fine.  On April 12, 2013, Martinez was charged with felony theft in the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000, in violation of Texas State Penal Code 31.03.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On January 16, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, James Babcock, former Financial Secretary of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 121 (located in Baltimore, Md.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $24,854, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On January 15, 2014, in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Texas, James Jones, former Business Manager and Financial Secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 898 (located in San Angelo, Tex.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $11,551, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On January 14, 2014, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Kenneth Marshall Jr. was indicted on one count of bank theft, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2113(b), and one count of aiding and abetting, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2 for cashing two counterfeit checks totaling $18,851 drawn on the bank account of Marine Engineers Benevolent Association District 1 (located in Washington, D.C.).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

On January 10, 2014, in the Oklahoma County Court for District 7, Stephanie Johnson, former Secretary-Treasurer of Boilermakers Lodge 465D (located in Kansas City, Kans.), was charged in a one-count information with forgery and a warrant was issued for her arrest.  The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On January 9, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Henry Hull, Jr., former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Lodge 654 (located in Southaven, Miss.), was indicted on one count of embezzling $8,240 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office. 

On January 9, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Don McMahon, former Treasurer of Civilian Technicians Association Independent (CTAI) Tennessee State Council for Air (located in Memphis, Tenn.), was indicted on eight counts of wire fraud totaling $3,543, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office. 

On January 9, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Mark Valerio, former President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 249 (located in Geneva, N.Y.), and former officer of IBEW System Council U-7 (located in Johnson City, N.Y.), was sentenced to one year of probation and 500 hours of community service.  Valerio was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $39,049 and a $500 fine.  On September 18, 2013, Valerio pled guilty to a one-count misdemeanor of making a false entry in a union record, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office. 

On January 8, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Urbana Division, Natasha J. Bever, former Secretary Treasurer of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4202 (located in Rantoul, Ill.), was sentenced to one year plus one day in prison and three years of supervised release.  Bever was also ordered to pay the remaining restitution of $55,759 and a $100 special assessment.  On June 28, 2013, Bever pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds totaling $149,404, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On January 7, 2014, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Michael Pontician, former Financial-Secretary of Steelworkers Local 480 (located in Pottsville, Pa.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,626.  On August 28, 2013, Pontician pled guilty to one count of falsifying union records to conceal an embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 4.16.14