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Criminal Enforcement Actions 2016

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 28, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Amalia Lopez-Santiago, former Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 1070 (located in San Juan, P.R.), was charged in an indictment with embezzling union funds in excess of $92,965.  The indictment includes one count of embezzlement of union funds, one count of false statements to the federal government, one count of aggravated identity theft, and four counts of wire fraud, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), 18 U.S.C. 1001, 18 U.S.C. 1018, and 18 U.S.C. 1343, respectively.  During her time as treasurer, Lopez authorized salary payments and reimbursements for lost wages on her behalf, in excess of the amounts allowable and authorized by the union’s constitution and bylaws.  She submitted fraudulent claims for wage reimbursements and authorized duplicate or excessive salary payments.  Lopez also purchased personal items with the union’s Sam’s credit card.  In order to conceal the misuse and theft of union funds, Lopez made false statements and omissions in the union LM Reports.  On February 28, 2017, Lopez was arrested.  The charges follow a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the FBI.  

On December 16, 2016, in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, Gregory Tyree, former President of the National Association of Special Police and Security Officers of America (NASPSO), located in Washington, D.C., was charged in an information with one count of theft in the second degree, in violation of 22 D.C. Code Sections 3211 and 3212(b), for stealing $1,219 from the union.  Tyree then pled guilty and was sentenced on this date to 90 days incarceration (all suspended) and one year of probation.  Tyree was also ordered not to hold union office for five years and to pay the remaining restitution of $389.  The charge, guilty plea, and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On December 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, David Fleury, former President of Bricklayers Local 6 (located in Rockford, Ill.), was sentenced to two years of incarceration and three years of supervised release, and he was also ordered to pay $318,036 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  On August, 9, 2016, Fleury pled guilty to embezzling over $250,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. 

On December 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Jennifer Cruise, also known as Jenn Studebaker, former office manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 520 (located in Austin, Tex.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,344 and a $100 special assessment.  On October 5, 2016, Cruise pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On December 14, 2016, in the Jefferson County New York District Court, Ronald G. Watson, former Treasurer of International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 105F (located on United States Army Base Fort Drum, N.Y.), was indicted on one count of grand larceny in the third degree, nine counts of forgery in the second degree, and nine counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.  On April 21, 2017, the indictment was unsealed.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office.  

On December 14, 2016, in the United States Court for the Southern District of New York, Malkia King, former President of the Benefit Fund Staff Association (located in New York, N.Y.), was sentenced to one year of probation, as well as ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and to pay a $25 special assessment.  King previously paid full restitution of $13,000.  On July 15, 2016, King pled guilty to willful concealment and withholding of records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439 (c), showing use of association funds for approximately $25,000 in combined expenditures, with former Vice President Adrian Lindsay, that were not authorized by the union.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office. 

On December 14, 2016, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, Betty Robinson, former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2751 (located in Baltimore, Md.), pled guilty to one count of theft between $10,000 and $100,000 for stealing $30,150 from the union.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office. 

On December 13, 2016, in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Daniel Ross, former Secretary-Treasurer of Transportation Communications Workers/International Association of Machinists (TCU/IAM) Lodge 6721 (located in Oakland, Calif.), was charged in a one-count criminal complaint for Grand Theft of Personal Property of a value exceeding $950, a felony violation of Section 487(a) of the Penal Code of California, for the theft of union funds in the amount of $4,607.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.

On December 12, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Brian Cisek, former Sergeant-at-Arms of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 56 (located in Grand Rapids, Mich.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.  Cisek previously paid restitution in the amount of $9,200.  On August 25, 2016, Cisek pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.  (Investigator Frank Schneider)

On December 12, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Abingdon Division, William Dixon, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 2014 (located in Lebanon, Va.), was charged in a criminal information with one count of embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), for embezzling $4,338 from the union.  He then pled guilty to the charge.  The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office. 

On December 9, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Scot McNamara, former Business Agent and Financial Secretary for Insulators Local 34 (located in St. Paul, Minn.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union finds in the amount of $500, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea agreement outlines that the total amount embezzled from Local 34 by McNamara was $8,871.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office. 

On December 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Pascale McAtee, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 161 (located in Lynnwood, Wash.), was indicted for one count of embezzling over $80,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  Additionally, McAtee was indicted for three counts of making false statements to a government agency, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.

On December 6, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Northern Division, Salvatore Zagra, former Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1959 (located in Watertown, S.D.), was charged in a two-count indictment with one count of selling, conveying and disposing of property from the Department of Energy without authority, namely tools which had a value exceeding $1,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 641.  In count two, he was charged for knowingly executing and attempting to execute a scheme and artifice to defraud a financial institution, and to obtain money, funds, credits, assets, securities, and other property owned by and under the custody and control of, the aforementioned financial institution, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344.  Specifically, Zagra knowingly and fraudulently made and cashed checks on an account belonging to Local 1959 that were payable to himself, forged the signature of the union’s president on these checks, and made and cashed pre-signed checks payable to himself for unauthorized expenses.  The charges follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General, General Services Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

On December 6, 2016, in the United States Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Jeffrey Magelitz, former Treasurer of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 415 (located in Vienna, Ill.), was sentenced to six months of home detention and two years of probation, as well as ordered to complete 100 hours community service and pay restitution in the amount of $21,849.  On August 17, 2016, Magelitz pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On November 30, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Violet Lamorie, former Secretary Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 695 (located in Denver, Colo.), pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, for embezzling over $70,000 from the union.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office and the Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General. 

On November 30, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, Michael Lackey, former President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local  3901 (located in Oxford, Ala.), was indicted on five counts of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344; one count of embezzlement in a total amount of $69,193, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); and three counts of failure to maintain labor union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(a).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office. 

On November 29, 2016, in the United States District Court District of Wyoming, Harold Giberson, former President of Utility Workers Local 127 (located in Casper, Wyo.), waived an indictment.  He then was charged in an information and pled guilty to embezzlement in the amount of $179,052, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On November 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Assane Faye, the founder and former President of the United Security and Police Officers of America (USPOA), located in Toms River, N.J., was sentenced to three years of incarceration, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $350,000 in restitution.  On May 10, 2016, a federal jury found Faye guilty of two counts of embezzling union funds and seven counts of mail fraud, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and 18 U.S.C. 1341, respectively.  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. 

On November 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, after a one week trial, a jury found Gary Cooper, a contractor associated with Laborers Local 657 (located in Washington, D.C.), guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and 18 U.S.C. 371; one count of conspiracy to accept unlawful labor payments, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 186(b) and 18 U.S.C. 371; one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343; and two counts of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1957.  The scheme for which Cooper was found guilty involved $1.73 million in checks written from Laborers Local 657 to STS Construction, a company co-owned by Cooper, for minimal work done on union buildings.  STS Construction then put a $225,000 down payment on a house for the Local 657 business manager, wrote the business manager a check for $8,000, and transferred $624,000 to a business that was co-owned by the business manager’s wife.  The guilty verdict is the result of an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On November 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Wanda Rosenboro-Correa, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2798 (located in Washington, D.C.), pled guilty to one count of theft within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States for stealing $13,803 from the union, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.

On November 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Michael R. Bennett, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2317 (located in Lafayette, Ind.), pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, for diverting over $100,000 of unions funds for personal use.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On November 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (White Plains), Brian W. Scott, former President/Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 503 (located in Monroe, N.Y.), pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office. 

On November 17, 2016, in the Rush County, Indiana Circuit/Superior Court, David P. Maddy, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2339 (located in Rushville, Ind.), was charged in a one-count information for felony theft of union funds in the amount of $37,197, in violation of Indiana Code 35-43-4-2(a).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.

On November 15, 2016, in United States District Court for the Central District of California, Carmen Martinez, former Treasurer of Bet Tzedek Legal Service Union Local 946E (located in Los Angeles, Calif.), was charged in an information with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $19,070.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.   

On November 10, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Bob Buford, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2419 (located in Danville, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341, for fraudulently obtaining more than $128,000 in union funds for his personal benefit.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On November 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Bernadine Bell, former Treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 757 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was sentenced to 30 days of incarceration, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $55,600 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Bell had previously paid $17,400 in restitution. On July 14, 2016,Bell pled guilty to embezzling $73,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On November 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Christopher Kwegan, a contractor associated with Laborers Local 657 (located in Washington, D.C.), pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit embezzlement from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and 18 U.S.C. 371; one count of conspiracy to accept unlawful labor payments, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 186(b) and 18 U.S.C. 371; one count of conspiracy to commit wire and honest services fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341, 18 U.S.C. 1346, and 18 U.S.C. 371; and 39 counts of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1957.  In pleading guilty, Kwegan admitted that $1.73 million in checks were written from Laborers Local 657 to STS Construction, a company co-owned by Kwegan, for minimal work done on union buildings.  STS Construction then put a $225,000 down payment on a house for the Local 657 business manager, wrote the business manager a check for $8,000, and transferred $624,000 to a business that was co-owned by the business manager’s wife.  The guilty plea is the result of an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General.

On November 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, William Galloway, former Treasurer of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 192T (located in Reidsville, N.C.) was sentenced to one year of probation and was also ordered to pay $897 in restitution a $25 special assessment.  Galloway had already paid $41,457.19 in restitution.  On September 27, 2016, Galloway pled guilty to a one count of making a false statement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.   

On October 31, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Anthony Frederick, former business manager for Laborers Local 657 (located in Washington, D.C.), pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to embezzle money from a labor organization, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c) and 18 U.S.C. 371; one count of conspiracy to receive unlawful labor payments, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 186 and 18 U.S.C. 371; one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343 and 18 U.S.C. 371; and one count of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1957.  Frederick directed more than $1.7 million in Local 657 funds to a contractor without the knowledge or authorization of the Local 657 executive board or international union.  The contractor then made payments to Frederick with the stolen funds including a $225,000 down payment on a home that Frederick purchased, construction of a garage on the property, and directed more than $600,000 to a corporation owned in part by Frederick’s wife.  The guilty plea is the result of an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. 

On October 25, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Roy Murray, former President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 2014 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $31,111 and a special assessment of $25.  Murray was also ordered to serve 80 hours of community service.  On July 25, 2016, Murray pled guilty to one count 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 Chicago District Office.

On October 26, 2016, in the Nassau County District Court in Mineola, New York, Charles Burke, former Treasurer of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 365 (located in Valley Stream, N.Y.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay the remaining $37,000 in restitution.  Burke had previously paid $74,000 in restitution.  On March 8, 2016, Burke pled guilty to one count of Grand Larceny in the 2nd degree and one count of Scheme to Defraud in the 1st degree, for embezzling $111,000 from UWUA Local 365.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office. 

On October 25, 2016, in the Campbell County, Kentucky Circuit Court, Laura Cloyd, former Financial Secretary of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 112 (located in Alexandria, Ky.), was sentenced to three years diversion and was ordered to pay restitution totaling $1,669 for a felony conviction and one year of probation for a misdemeanor conviction.  On September 28, 2016, Cloyd pled guilty to Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition, a felony, and Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500, a misdemeanor.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On October 24, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Devon Madray, President of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 119 (located in Roseville, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $20,097, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On October 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Patrick Remigio, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2859 (located in Tucson, Ariz.), pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343.  In addition, Remigio agreed to pay $95,000 in restitution.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Phoenix Resident Investigator Office, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Professional Responsibility, and the FBI.

On October 18, 2016, in the Westchester County District Court, Frank Gluberman, former Secretary Treasurer of the Greenburgh Teachers Federation (located in Hartsdale, N.Y.), was sentenced to between one to three years in prison.  He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $822,281.  On August 13, 2014, Gluberman pled guilty to grand larceny in the second degree.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On October 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, Robert Smith, former Business Manager/Financial Secretary of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 970 (located in Norfolk, Va.), pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341, for stealing $1,072,668 from the union.  Smith withdrew more than $700,000 from the union in cash, paid his personal credit card bills with union funds, and used union funds to purchase gas, food, clothing, shoes, toys, entertainment, and home improvement supplies.  The guilty plea is the result of an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the FBI, and Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On October 13, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Clinton Humphrey, former President and Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 386 (located in Texarkana, Ark.), was sentenced to six months of home confinement and five years of probation.  Humphrey was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $51,811 and a $100 special assessment.  On January 26, 2016, Humphrey pled guilty to an information charging him with one count of embezzling $51,812 in 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 October 11, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Violet Lamorie, former Secretary Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 695 (located in Denver, Colo.), was charged in a criminal information with one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, for embezzling over $70,000 from the union.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office and the Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General.

On October 11, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Steve Hartman, former Secretary-Treasurer of Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter 83 (located in Frankfort, Ky.), was sentenced to two years of probation and 50 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  On June 22, 2016, Hartman pled guilty to one count of forging a security of an organization in the amount of $2,173, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513.  Hartman previously paid restitution in the amount of $13,208.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.  

On October 11, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Aaron Contreras, former Financial Secretary of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 84749 (located in Fostoria, Ohio), pled guilty to one count of embezzling $42,700 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and the Fostoria Police Department.

On October 6, 2016, in the Dubois Superior Court in Dubois County, Indiana, Carlton Woodcox, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2150 (located in Jasper, Ind.), was sentenced to 368 days in jail (360 days suspended and credit given for eight days previously served), 360 days of probation, and 80 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay full restitution of $30,859.  On September 7, 2016, Woodcox pled guilty to one count of theft in the amount of $30,859.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.

On October 6, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Jeffrey Velfling, former Chief Steward of National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 307 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.  Velfling previously paid restitution in the amount of $6,758.  On June 8, 2016,Velfling pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.

On October 6, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, John Crosby, former Assistant Steward of National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 307 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.  Crosby previously paid restitution in the amount of $6,758.  On June 8, 2016,Crosby pled guilty to embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.

On October 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Jennifer Cruise, also known as Jenn Studebaker, former office manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 520 (located in Austin, Tex.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $12,344, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On October 4, 2016, in the Ashtabula County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Adele Dewey, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 811 (located in Andover, Ohio), was indicted on one count of theft in the amount of $4,224 and one count of forgery, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2913.02 and 2913.31, respectively.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On September 30, 2016, in the Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts, Marie Esther LaFontant, former bookkeeper for Plumbers and Gasfitters UA Local 12 (located in Boston, Mass.), was sentenced to serve one year in the house of corrections and 10 years of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $154,857.  On September 26, 2016, LaFontant pled guilty to three counts of larceny over $250 and falsifying corporate books, in violation of Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 266, Section 30 and MGL Chapter 266, Section 67.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office and the Massachusetts State Police.

On September 28, 2016, in the Campbell County, Kentucky Circuit Court, Laura Cloyd, former Financial Secretary of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 112 (located in Alexandria, Ky.), pled guilty to Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition over $500, a felony, and Theft by Unlawful Taking under $500, a misdemeanor.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 25, 2016.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On September 27, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, William L. Galloway III, former Treasurer of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 192T (located in Reidsville, N.C.), pled guilty to one count of filing a false report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office. 

On September 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, William L. Galloway III, former Treasurer of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 192T (located in Reidsville, N.C.), was charged in an information with one count of filing a false report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office. 

On September 26, 2016, in the Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts, Marie Esther LaFontant, former bookkeeper for Plumber and Gasfitters UA Local 12 (located in Boston, Mass.), pled guilty to three counts of larceny over $250 totaling over $154,000 and one count of falsifying corporate books, in violation of Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 266, Section 30 and MGL Chapter 266, Section 67.  The plea follows a joint investigation by OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office and the Massachusetts State Police.  

On September 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, John Kaufmann, Jr., former President of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1442 (located in Chambersburg, Pa.), was charged and pled guilty to a one count information for mail fraud, in violation of18 U.S.C. 1341, in relation to the misappropriation of union funds.  The amount of misappropriation will be determined at the sentencing hearing.  The charge and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.

On September 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, Robert Smith III, former Business Agent/Financial Secretary of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 970 (located in Norfolk, Va.), was charged in a criminal information with one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341, for embezzling $1,072,668 from the union.  The criminal information charges that as part of the scheme to conceal the embezzlement, for the past 10 years, Smith never filed the requisite Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards Form LM-2 report.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. 

On September 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, John McCain, former Secretary-Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 1016 (located in Poplar Bluff, Mo.), was sentenced to a two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and a $100 assessment.  Restitution of $30,948 was previously paid in full.  On June 22, 2016, McCain pled guilty one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On September 20, 2016, in the Marion County Court of Common Pleas, Jeanette Bowman, former Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 280 (located in Marion, Ohio), was sentenced to 120 days of electronic monitoring, five years of community control, and was ordered to pay full restitution of $16,347.  On August 18, 2016, Bowman pled guilty to theft in the amount of $16,347, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2913.02.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. 

On September 16, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Aaron Contreras, former Financial Secretary of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 84749 (located in Fostoria, Ohio), was charged in an information with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $42,700, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and Fostoria Police Department. 

On September 16, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Lowell Wreh, President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1707 (located in Kansas City, Mo.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,642 and a $100 assessment.  On January 20, 2016, Wreh waived an indictment and entered a plea of guilty to wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On September 15, 2016, in the Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland, Coralee Stotler, former employee of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 992 (located in Hagerstown, Md.), was charged with one count of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, in violation of Section 7-104 of the Maryland Criminal Code.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Department of Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). 

On September 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Benjamin Stancil, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 451 (located in Havelock, N.C.), was sentenced to 120 days of home confinement and three years of probation, and was ordered to pay $13,308 in restitution, a $2,500 fine, and a $400 special assessment.  On June 13, 2016, Stancil pled guilty to four counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.

On September 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, David Sager, former President of United Steelworkers Local 5000 (located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio), was indicted on nine counts of embezzlement, 18 counts of mail fraud, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of false statements to law enforcement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), 18 U.S.C. 1341, 18 U.S.C. 1512(c)(2), and 18 U.S.C. 1001, respectively.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office, Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service. 

On September 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, John Bickerstaff, former business manager of Heat & Frost Insulators Local 133 (located in Bismarck, N.D.), was charged with one count of embezzling $70,659, one count of filing a false report, and one count of willfully concealing records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), 29 U.S.C. 439(b), and 29 U.S.C. 439(c), respectively.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On September 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for Eastern District of Washington, Charles Nelson, former Secretary-Treasurer of the National Council of Security Police (NCSP), formally located in Yakima, Wash., pled guilty to one count of embezzling over $140,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing is scheduled for December 14, 2016.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office. 

On September 7, 2016, in the Dubois Superior Court in Dubois County, Indiana, Carlton Woodcox, former Secretary-Treasurer for American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2150 (located in Jasper, Ind.), pled guilty to one count of theft in the amount of $30,859, a Class D felony.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On September 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jason Leach, former President of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was ordered to pay a $100 fine and a $25 special assessment. On May 25, 2016, Leach pled guilty to a superseding indictment charging him with one count of making false statements and representation of a material fact knowing it to be false, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On September 7, 2016, in the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Arthur W. Boedecker, Jr., former Vice President of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 270 (located in Brooklyn Heights, Ohio), was indicted for money laundering prohibitions, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 1315.55.  On March 17, 2016, Boedecker was initially charged with one count of theft in the amount of $40,203.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On September 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Todd Culley, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 103 (located in St. Francisville, La.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $91,926, in monthly installments of no less than $700.  He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and a $100 special assessment fee.  On April 26, 2016, Culley pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans Office.  

On September 1, 2016, in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Roger Martinez, former Vice President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 296 (formerly located in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), pled no contest to one count of grand theft in the 3rd degree in the amount of $5,500.  Based upon an open plea to the court, the judge withheld adjudication and sentenced the subject to 18 months of probation.  Martinez previously paid full restitution of $5,500.  The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Ft. Lauderdale Resident Investigator Office. 

On August 30, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Michelle Clifton, former office manager of Insulators Local 78 (located in Birmingham, Ala.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), in the amount of $23,014.  In addition, Clifton agreed to pay restitution in the same amount.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Birmingham Resident Investigator Office. 

On August 29, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Donn Pendergrass, former President of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 1191 (located in Mishawaka, Ind.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay $33,435 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  On May 16, 2016, Pendergrass pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On August 29, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Brownsville Division, Roberto Gracia, Jr., former President of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1395 (located in Brownsville, Tex.), was charged in a Bill of Information, pled guilty, and was sentenced, for one count of 29 U.S.C. 439(a), failure to maintain union records, which resulted in a loss to the local in the amount of $26,354.  As part of the plea, the court also heard that Gracia failed to maintain the required union records as the former President of ILA 1544 (located in Brownsville, Tex.), which resulted in the a loss to the union in the amount of $3,478.  Gracia previously paid full restitution in both instances.  The charge, plea, and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On August 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jeremy Leach, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was ordered to pay a $250 fine and a $25 special assessment.  On May 27, 2016, Leach pled guilty to a superseding indictment charging him with one count of making false statements and representation of a material fact knowing it to be false, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On August 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, James Adams, former Secretary Treasurer of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation (SMART) Transportation Division (formerly United Transportation Union) Local 427 (located in Byram, Miss.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was order to pay restitution, in the amount of $45,495, in monthly installments of no less than $600.  Adams was also ordered to attend a money management class, perform 124 hours of community service, and pay a $25 special assessment fee.  On March 29, 2016, Adams pled guilty to one count of making false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans Office. 

On August 25, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Brian Cisek, former Sergeant-at-Arms of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 56 (located in Grand Rapids, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the approximate amount of $500, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing is scheduled for December 12, 2016.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On August 23, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (White Plains), Brian W. Scott, former President/Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 503 (located in Monroe, N.Y.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341; and one count of false reporting, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The investigation disclosed that from July 2008 through February 2012, Scott embezzled $66,954 from the union, by incurring $48,534 in unauthorized personal expenses using the union’s two credit cards, and collecting an additional $18,420 in unauthorized union checks written to himself.  Payments to the union’s credit card company for the personal expenses were made using the postal service.  The investigation also revealed that Scott filed false LM-2 reports for fiscal years ending June 30, 2009 through June 30, 2011 in an attempt to cover up the embezzlement.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office. 

On August 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Keith Christopherson, former business manager for Insulators Local 34 (located in St. Paul, Minn.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union finds in the amount of $2,081, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On August 19, 2016, in the Dakota County (Minnesota) District Court, William Winecke, former Treasurer of the Soo Line Locomotive and Car Foremen’s Association (located in Apple Valley, Minn.), was charged with two counts of theft by swindle of more than $35,000.  The complaint alleges that Winecke stole union funds in the amount of $41,036 between August 2011 and April 2015.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.

On August 18, 2016, in the Marion County Court of Common Pleas, Jeanette Bowman, former Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 280 (located in Marion, Ohio), pled guilty to theft in the amount of $16,347, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2913.02.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. 

On August 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Jeffrey Magelitz, former Treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 415 (located in Vienna, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office. 

On August 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Michael R. Bennett, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2317 (located in Lafayette, Ind.), was charged in a six-count indictment with three counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, and three counts of embezzling union funds totaling approximately $4,500, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. 

On August 16, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Jennifer Cruise, former office manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 520 (located in Austin, Tex.), was charged in a two-count indictment with embezzling union funds in the amount of $12,750, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and making a false entry in a union record, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On August 12, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Wanda Rosenboro-Correa, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2798 (located in Washington, D.C.), was charged in a one-count indictment with theft within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States for stealing more than $1,000 from the union.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office. 

On August 11, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Johnny Wilson, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1338 (located in Dallas, Tex.), was sentenced to 18 months of confinement, two years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $120,352 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  On March 30, 2016, Wilson pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $120,352, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On August 10, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Brian Cisek, former Sergeant-at-Arms of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 56 (located in Grand Rapids, Mich.), was charged with one count of embezzling union funds in the approximate amount of $500, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On August 9, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, David Fleury, former President of Bricklayers Local 6 (located in Rockford, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling over $250,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On August 8, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Johnnie Miranti, an officer of Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223 a.k.a. the Toy and Novelty Workers Local 223 (located in New York, N.Y.), pled guilty to Conspiracy to Solicit and Receive Kickbacks to Influence the Operation of an Employee Benefit Plan, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371, in the amount of $138,500.  The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the New York City Police Department, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

On August 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Louis Smith, former President of Teamsters Local 810 (located in New York, N.Y.), pled guilty to Conspiracy to Solicit and Receive Kickbacks to Influence the Operation of an Employee Benefit Plan, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371, in the amount of $151,481.  The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the New York City Police Department, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

On August 3, 2016, in the United States District Court for Middle District of Florida, Robert J. Tuttle, Jr., former President of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 173 (located in Bradenton, Fla.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay $2,621 in restitution and a $25 special assessment.  On April 6, 2016, Tuttle pled guilty to making false entries in financial records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.

On August 3, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, Guy Gokey, former Financial Secretary for Glass Molders and Plastics (GMP) Local 59 (located in Toledo, Ohio), was indicted for one count of embezzling $14,074 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and one count of making false statements on a labor organization report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.  (Investigator Laura Maxwell)

 On July 28, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Raul Mascote, former Machinists Local 2458 Secretary-Treasurer (located in Lemont, Ill.), was sentenced to 30 months of incarceration, two years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $510,973 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  On April 14, 2016, Mascote pled guilty to embezzling $64,263 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  In the plea agreement, for the purposes of computing his sentence under Guideline 1B1.2, Mascote stipulated to having stolen, and knowingly converted to his own, property of the United States (namely machine components, Tungsten steel and copper) valued at $510,973, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 641.  Mascote had previously paid restitution of $64,263 to the union.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District office and the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General.

On July 26, 2016, in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Roger Martinez, former Vice President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 296 (formerly located in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), was charged with one count of grand theft in the 3rd degree in the amount of $5,500.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Ft. Lauderdale Resident Investigator Office. 

On July 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Karen McJimpson, former Executive Vice President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4004 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay $9,004 in restitution and a $25 special assessment.  On February 16, 2016, McJimpson pled guilty to one count of failure to maintain union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(a).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.

On July 26, 2016, in the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Roger Martinez, former Vice President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 296 (formerly located in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), was charged with one count of grand theft in the 3rd degree in the amount of $5,500.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Ft. Lauderdale Resident Investigator Office. 

On July 26, 2016, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas, County of Clarion, Mark Bell, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Machinists Lodge 2439 (located in Knox, Pa.), was charged in a criminal information with one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, in violation of 18 Pa. Criminal Code 3921(b), and one count of forgery, in violation of 18 Pa. Criminal Code 4101.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office. 

On July 25, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Roy Murray, former President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 2014 (located in Chicago, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of making a false statement in a union record, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On July 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, David Fleury, former President of Bricklayers Local 6 (located in Rockford, Ill.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzling more than $250,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. 

On July 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Adrian Lindsay, former Vice President of the Benefit Fund Staff Association (located in New York, N.Y.), pled guilty to willful concealment and withholding of records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c), showing use of association funds for expenditures of approximately $25,000 that were not authorized by the union.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On July 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (White Plains), William Davis, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1119 (located in Montrose, N.Y.), was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release, in connection with embezzling approximately $150,000 in union funds.  Davis was further ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $150,000 and a $100 special assessment.  On April 6, 2016, Davis pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General. 

On July 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Simiel Campbell, former President of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 2014 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $11,700 and a special assessment of $25.  Campbell was also ordered to serve 80 hours of community service.  On March 24, 2016, Campbell pled guilty to one count of making a material false statement and representation on the Form LM-3 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On July 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Keith Christopherson, former business manager for Insulators Local 34 (located in St. Paul, Minn.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzling union funds in the amount of $2,081, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.

On July 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Scot McNamara, former business agent and Financial Secretary of Insulators Local 34 (located in St. Paul, Minn.), was charged in a four-count indictment with embezzling union funds in the amount of $7,761, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office. 

On July 18, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Roy Murray, former President of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 2014 (located in Chicago, Ill.), was charged in a one-count information with making a false entry in a union record, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The information follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. 

On July 18, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central Region of Illinois, Jerry L. Conner, former President of Teamsters Local 279 (located in Decatur, Ill.), was sentenced to one year probation, fined $2,500, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $26,009.  On February 5, 2016, Conner pled guilty to a one-count information for falsifying union records in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. 

On July 18, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Oscar Luevano, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of Transportation Communications Union/International Association of Machinists (TCU/IAM) Lodge 5050 (located in Covina, Calif.), was sentenced to eight months of home confinement, five years of probation, and was ordered to pay $104,410 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  On March 30, 2016, Luevano pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $132,939, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office – Las Vegas Resident Office.

On July 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Malkia King, former President of the Benefit Fund Staff Association (located in New York, N.Y.), pled guilty to willful concealment and withholding of records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c), showing use of association funds for expenditures of approximately $25,000 that were not authorized by the union.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office. 

On July 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Marcella Champion, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1831 (located in Landover, Md.) was sentenced to nine months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Champion was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and pay $19,152 in restitution.  Champion had previously paid $2,000 in restitution.  On May 3, 2016, Champion pled guilty to one count of theft within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office. 

On July 14, 2016, in the Campbell County, Kentucky Circuit Court, Laura Cloyd, former Financial Secretary of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 112 (located in Alexandria, Ky.), was charged in a one-count indictment for felony theft by failure to make required disposition of property, value $500 or more, in violation of KRS 514.070.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On July 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central Division of the District of South Dakota, Kenneth Potter, former Treasurer of the South Dakota Staff Organization (located in Pierre, S.D.), pled guilty to one count of false records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c). He was then sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to obtain and pay for credit counseling.  Potter had previously paid $4,130 in restitution.  On April 22, 2016, Potter was charged in a one-count information with falsification of financial records required to be kept by labor unions, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.  

On July 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Bernadine Bell, former Treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 757 (located in Detroit, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $73,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On July 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Devon Madray, President of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 119 (located in Roseville, Mich.), was charged in a one-count indictment with embezzling union funds in the approximate amount of  $20,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.

On July 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Elmer Ray Booker, former Financial Secretary of International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 30(located in Houston, Tex.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $39,517 and a $100 special assessment.  Booker was also ordered to serve 100 hours of community service.  On February 19, 2016, Booker pled guilty to one charge of embezzlement of union funds, in the amount of $42,018, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On July 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Joan Dutton and Tatia Clark, former President and former Financial Secretary, respectively, of Steelworkers Local 2801 (located in Signal Hill, Calif.), were each charged in a four-count indictment for conspiring, and aiding and abetting the other, in the embezzlement of $15,935 in union funds and in the concealment, withholding, and destruction of union records, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371, 18 U.S.C. 2(a), 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and 29 U.S.C. 439(c), respectively.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

On June 30, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Michael Schofield, former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Local 1046 (located in Plainfield, Ill.), pled guilty to a false report charge for helping to conceal an embezzlement of union funds totaling $31,850 during 2012 and 2013.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On June 29, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Michelle R. Clifton, former office manager/bookkeeper for Insulators Local 78 (located in Birmingham, Ala.), was charged in a 20-count indictment.  Clifton was charged with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $23,014, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c); 17 counts of forged securities of a labor organization, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513(a); and two counts of fraudulent statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.

On June 23, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Michael Schofield, former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Local 1046 (located in Plainfield, Ill.), was charged in a one-count bill of information with making a false entry with respect to the filing of the union’s LM-4 report for fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On June 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Terry Aters, former Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 7689 (located in Marston, Mo.), was sentenced to three consecutive weekends in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, six months in the location monitoring program, five years of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $153,434 and a $100 special assessment.  On March 24, 2016, Aters pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.  

On June 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, John McCain, former Secretary-Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 1016 (located in Poplar Bluff, Mo.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling $30,948 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On June 22, 2016, in the Dubois Superior Court in Dubois County, Indiana, Carlton Woodcox, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2150 (located in Jasper, Ind.), was charged in a two-count information for theft totaling $32,787, in violation of Indiana Code 35-43-4-2.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On June 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Steve Hartman, former Secretary-Treasurer of Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter 83 (located in Frankfort, Ky.), was charged in a one-count information with forgery totaling $2,173, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 513.  He then pled guilty to the charge.  The charge and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On June 16, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Bernadine Bell, former Treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 757 (located in Detroit, Mich.), was charged in a one-count information with embezzlement of union funds in the approximate amount of $73,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The information follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. 

On June 13, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Benjamin Stancil, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 451 (located in Havelock, N.C.), pled guilty to four counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office. 

On June 8, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Jeffrey Velfling and John Crosby, former Chief Steward and Assistant Steward, respectively, of National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 307 (located in Detroit, Mich.), each pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $6,758, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty pleas follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.    

On June 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, Jeffrey W. Davies, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 183 (located in Anchorage, Alaska), pled guilty to one count of embezzling over $90,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On June 3, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Nereida Norris, former Clerk Craft Director of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 98 (located in Fort Worth, Tex.), was sentenced to nine months in prison, two years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $25,956 in restitution, a $5,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.  On February 5, 2016, Norris pled guilty to a one-count information for making a false statement, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On May 31, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Jesus Gonzales, former President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 300 (formerly 488-489; located in Lansing, Mich.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,726.  On January 19, 2016, Gonzales pled guilty to one count of making false entries in financial records required to be kept by labor unions, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The sentencing follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.

On May 25, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jason Leach, former President of United Steelworkers of America Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was charged in a superseding indictment with making false statements and representation of a material fact knowing it to be false, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  On May 26, 2016, Leach pled guilty to the charge.  The indictment and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On May 24, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jeremy Leach, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers of America Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was charged in a superseding indictment with one count of making false statements and representation of a material fact knowing it to be false, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  On May 27, 2016, Leach pled guilty to the charge.  The indictment and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On May 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Maine, Mark P. Durinski, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 294 (located in Limestone, Maine), was sentenced to one month of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $53,544.  On September 14, 2015, Durinski pled guilty to three counts of making false statements and entries on LM-Reports, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001(a)(3).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office.  

On May 16, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Donn Pendergrass, former President of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 1191 (located in Mishawaka, Ind.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling approximately $33,435 in union funds , in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. 

On May 19, 2016, in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Cleveland, Ohio, Alan Shaffer, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Transportation Division Local 792 (located in Elyria, Ohio), was indicted for one count of grand theft in the amount of $8,563, in violation of Ohio Revised Code 2913.02 A(3).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On May 13, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Raymond Fujii, former Executive Director for the Hawaii Painting & Decorating Contractors Association (PDCA), was sentenced to 42 months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $1,234,713 in restitution.  On January 20, 2016, Fujii pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341, for concealing his embezzlement of approximately $1,483,800 from the Hawaii Painters Trade Promotion & Charity Fund and the PDCA, and one count of filing a false tax return.  The Trade Promotion & Charity Fund is a CBA-negotiated fund that comes out of hourly wages of members of Painters District Council 50 (located in Honolulu, Hawaii).  The fund is used to primarily fund the PDCA.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Honolulu Resident Investigative Office and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations. 

On May 10, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Assane Faye, National President/Executive Director for the United Security and Police Officers of America (USPOA), located in Toms River, N.J., was found guilty by a jury for charges relating to two counts of embezzling union funds over $350,000, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c), and seven counts of mail fraud over $7,000 arising from unemployment insurance fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341.  Faye was ordered by the court to immediately relinquish his union position as National President/Executive Director and remain under home confinement pending sentencing.  The guilty verdict follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On May 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Gregory J. Hill, Jr., former Vice President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2297 (formerly located in Shreveport, La.), was sentenced to four years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,232.  On January 21, 2016, Hill pled guilty to one count of Uttering-Forgery, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513(a), in the amount of $581.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On May 4, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Shelly Sutton, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 477 (located in Wichita, Kans.), was sentenced to three months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution of $78,778.  On February 17, 2016, Sutton pled guilty to one count of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office. 

On May 3, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Marcella Champion, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1831 (located in Washington, D.C.), pled guilty to one count of theft within a special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 661 for stealing $4,130 from the union.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office. 

On April 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Todd Culley, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 103 (located in St. Francisville, La.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans Office.

On April 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central Division of the District of South Dakota, Kenneth Potter, former Treasurer of the South Dakota Staff Organization (located in Pierre, S.D.), was charged in a one-count information with falsification of financial records required to be kept by labor unions, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  Potter was previously charged in a one-count indictment on March 15, 2016 with embezzling union funds in the amount of $4,130, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office.  

On April 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, Charles Nelson, former Treasurer for the National Council of Security Police (NCSP), located in Yakima, Wash., was indicted for one count of embezzling over $140,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office. 

On April 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Jeffrey Velfling and John Crosby, former Chief Steward and Assistant Steward, respectively, of National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 307 (located in Detroit, Mich.), were each charged in an indictment with one count of embezzling approximately $6,758 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office, the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and the United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.

On April 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Raul Mascote, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Machinists Local Lodge 2458 (located in Minooka, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $63,263, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  Not included in the charge, but for the purposes of computing his sentence under Guideline Section 1B1.2, Mascote stipulated to having stolen, and knowingly converted to his own, property of the United States valued at $510,973, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 641.  The guilty plea follows investigations conducted by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General. 

On April 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Todd Culley, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 103 (located in St. Francisville, 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 April 11, 2016, in the United States District Court for South Dakota, Southern Division, Susan Haugen, former Treasurer of the South Dakota American Postal Workers of America (APWU) State Association (located in Huron, S.D.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  Haugen previously paid restitution in the amount of $38,234.  On January 26, 2016, Haugen pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $30,783, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On April 6, 2016, in the Nassau County District Court in Mineola, New York, Charles Burke, former Treasurer of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 365 (located in Valley Stream, N.Y.), pled guilty to Scheme to Defraud 2 (a class A misdemeanor) and admitted to stealing $111,000 from Local 365 without the union’s permission, authority, or knowledge.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office. 

On April 6, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (White Plains), William Davis, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1119 (located in Montrose, N.Y.), pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office and Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General.

On April 6, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, James Coffey, former President of United Steelworkers Local 5-887 (located in Newell, W.Va.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  On December 11, 2015, Coffey pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $6,260, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  Coffey paid $7,419 in restitution prior to his sentencing.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Office.

On April 6, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Robert J. Tuttle, Jr., former President of International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 173 (located in Bradenton, Fla.), pled guilty to making false entries in records required to be kept by the LMRDA, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c), for concealing his embezzlement of approximately $11,275.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.

On April 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Daniel P. Ternitsky, Jr., former Financial Secretary of United Mine Workers Local 285 (located in Allison, Pa.), was indicted on one count of embezzling $10,680 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office.

On April 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jeremy Leach, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was indicted on 12 counts of embezzlement totaling $3,111 in labor union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On April 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Jason Leach, former President of United Steelworkers Local 13-669 (located in Pryor, Okla.), was indicted on nine counts of embezzlement totaling $2,524 in labor union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On April 4, 2016, in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for the County of Hood River, Bonita Scherling, former Secretary-Treasurer of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7970 (located in Hood River, Ore.), Scherling pled guilty to a single count of Forgery in the 1st Degree (ORS 165.013) and a single count Identity Theft (ORS 165.800).  She was then sentenced to five years of probation, 120 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $19,386 and a $500 fine.  The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.

On March 30, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Oscar Luevano, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of Transportation Communications Union/International Association of Machinists (TCU/IAM) Local Lodge 5050 (located in Covina, Calif.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds  in the amount of $132,939, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office – Las Vegas Resident Office.

On March 30, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Johnny L, Wilson, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1338 (located in Dallas, Tex.), was charged and pled guilty to a one-count information of embezzling $120,352 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On March 29, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, James Adams, former Secretary Treasurer of United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 427 (located in Byram, Miss.), pled guilty to one count of making false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  Restitution will be ordered at sentencing.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans Office. 

On March 28, 2016, in Smith County Court, in the State of Texas, Stanley Buchanan, former President of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 493 (located in Tyler, Tex.), pled guilty to credit card abuse, in violation of Texas Penal Code 32.31 (b)(3).  He was then sentenced for a deferred adjudication, placed on community supervision for a period of three years, and was ordered to pay $6,406 in restitution and $348 in court costs.  The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On March 25, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Oscar Luevano, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of Transportation Communications Union/International Association of Machinists (TCU/IAM) Local Lodge 5050 (located in Covina, Calif.), was charged in a one-count information for embezzlement of union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office – Las Vegas Resident Office.

On March 24, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Simiel Campbell, former President of Transport Workers Union Local 2014 (located in Chicago, Ill.), pled guilty to one count of making a material false statement and representation on the Form LM-3 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  An information filed on March 22, 2016, charged Campbell with one count of 29 U.S.C. 439(b), superseded a one-count indictment filed on December 18, 2013, which charged Campbell with embezzling approximately $19,400 in union funds in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

On March 24, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Terry Aters, former Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 7686 (located in Marston, Mo.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  On October 7, 2015, Aters was indicted on one count of embezzlement in the amount of $153,434.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.  

On March 23, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, James Deamicis, former member of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 82 (located in Boston, Mass.), was sentenced to one year and one day of confinement and one year of probation.  Deamicis was also ordered to pay $42,091 in restitution as well as a $700 special assessment and forfeiture.  On November 9, 2015, Deamicis was found guilty of three counts of extortion, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1951.  On November 30, 2015, Deamicis pled guilty to three counts of mail fraud and one count of theft of government funds, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341 and 18 U.S.C. 641, respectively.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office, Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration.

On March 22, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Bob Buford, former President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2419 (located in Danville, Ill.), was indicted on one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341, for concealing his embezzlement of approximately $28,697 from the union’s savings account during 2010.  In addition, Buford was indicted on one count of filing a false report, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b), with respect to the filing of the union’s LM-3 report for fiscal year ending December 31, 2010.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office. 

On March 17, 2016, in the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Arthur W. Boedecker, Jr., former Vice President of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 270 (located in Brooklyn Heights, Ohio), was indicted under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2913.02(A)(3) for theft of more than $7,500, a felony in the fourth degree, for receiving unwarranted lost time payments from the union totaling $40,203.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office.  

On March 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, Central Division, Kenneth Potter, former Treasurer of National Staff Organization, South Dakota Staff Organization (located in Pierre, S.D.), was charged in a one-count indictment with embezzling union funds in the amount of $4,130, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On March 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Sharon Holmes, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 807 (located in Columbia, S.C.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $41,823,  in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office. 

On March 15, 2016, in the Superior Court of Dougherty County in the State of Georgia, William Price, former Treasurer of Steelworkers Local 1762 (located in Albany, Ga.), pled guilty to one count of Theft by Taking by a Fiduciary in the amount of $163,065, in violation of O.C.G.A.  42-8-60. He was then sentenced to 10 years of probation and was ordered to pay $80,000 in restitution ($5,000 to be paid within 30 days) and $55 in court fees.  The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office. 

On March 14, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Northern Division, Timothy Roy Casperson, former Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 249 (located in Menominee, Mich.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and a $100 special assessment.  Casperson was also ordered to complete 200 hours of documented community service.  Casperson previously paid restitution in the amount of $10,062.  On December 3, 2015, Casperson pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $9,650, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On March 11, 2016, in the Justice’s Court of Union Township, County of Humboldt, Nevada, Patrick Cunningham, former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 229 (located in Winnemucca, Nev.), was charged with one count of felony theft, a violation of Nevada Revised Statute 205.0832 and 205.0835.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.

On March 10, 2016, in the Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts, Esther LaFontant, former bookkeeper of Plumbers Local 12 (located in Boston, Mass.), was charged with three counts of larceny over $250, in violation of Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 266, Section 30, totaling approximately $155,000.  LaFontant was also charged with falsifying entries in corporate books, in violation of MGL Chapter 266, Section 67.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office and the Massachusetts State Police. 

On March 8, 2016, in the Nassau County District Court in Mineola, N.Y., Charles Burke, former Treasurer of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 365 (located in Valley Stream, N.Y.), was arraigned in a two-count complaint for Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree, in violation of Section 155.40(1) of the Penal Law of the State of New York, a class c felony (1 Count) and Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree, in violation of Section 190.65(1)(b) of the Penal Law of the State of New York, a class e felony (1 Count), by stealing in excess of $111,000 from UWUA, Local 365.  The complaint follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

On March 4, 2016, in the Superior Court of Arizona (Maricopa County), Therlen Benally, former Treasurer of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 1386 (located in Phoenix, Ariz.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,220 and fees/assessments totaling $215.  On January 22, 2016, Benally pled guilty to facilitation of fraudulent schemes or artifices, in violation of Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) 13-2310 and 13-1004; theft, in violation of A.R.S. 13-1802; and criminal possession of a forgery device, in violation of A.R.S. 13-2003(A)(1).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Phoenix Resident Investigator Office.

On March 4, 2016, in the Fulton County District Court (Atlanta), Nathan Lee, former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Ways Employes (BMWE), IBT, Local 536 (located in Suwanee, Ga.), pled guilty to theft by taking, in violation of O.C.G.A. 16-8-2, for embezzling $4,098.  Lee was then sentenced to five years of probation.  The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.  

On March 3, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Juan Carlos Recinos, Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Iron Workers Local 201 (located in Washington, D.C.), was indicted on seven counts of taking $18,700 in kickbacks from public works employees, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 874.  The indictment alleges that Recinos falsely represented to several members that they needed to give him some of their back pay awards to pay for an attorney and then kept the money.  The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. 

On March 1, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Cynthia Gale Angulo, former President of the Currency and Security Handlers Association (CASHA), located in Houston, Tex., was sentenced to 10 months of confinement, split into three months in custody and seven months of home confinement, and three years of supervised release.  She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $61,272.  On August 27, 2015, Angulo pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds, in the amount of $61,200, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On February 26, 2016, in the Onondaga County Court in Syracuse, New York, Patrick Rommevaux, former business representative of Elevator Constructors Local 62 (located in Syracuse, N.Y.), was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.  He previously made restitution in the amount of $16,545.  On December 9, 2015, Rommevaux was indicted and pled guilty to one felony count of grand larceny in the fourth degree.  The sentencing follows an investigation from the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office. 

On February 23, 2016, in the United Stated District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Benjamin F. Stancil, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 451 (located in Havelock, N.C.), was charged in an information with four counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta-Nashville District Office.  

On February 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Elmer Ray Booker, former Financial Secretary of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1530 (located in Houston, Tex.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $42,018, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On February 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Malkia King and Adrian Lindsay, former President and Vice President, respectively, of the Benefit Fund Staff Association (BFSA), located in New York, N.Y., were each charged in a complaint with conspiracy and embezzlement of union funds in the amount of approximately $25,000, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371 and 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charges follow and investigation by the OLMS New York District Office. 

On February 18, 2016, in the 8th District Court of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Alton Alexander, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers of America Local 2-479 (located in Plainwell, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor embezzlement of $200 or more, but less than $1,000, in violation of Michigan Compiled Laws 750.174(3)(a).  Alexander was then sentenced to six months of probation and was ordered to pay $2,553 in restitution, a $100 fine, and court and probation costs totaling $300.  Alexander previously paid restitution in the amount of $1,653.  The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On February 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, Shelly Sutton, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 477 (located in Wichita, Kans.), pled guilty to one count of bank fraud in the amount of $93,094, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On February 17, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Danny L. Rawls, former member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2297 (located in Shreveport, La.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,208.  On September 2, 2015, Rawls pled guilty to one count of making a false statement to a Department of Labor Investigator, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On February 16, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Karen McJimpson, former Executive Vice President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4004 (located in Detroit, Mich.), pled guilty to one count of failure to maintain union records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(a).  An information filed on that date charging McJimpson with one count of failure to maintain union records superseded a one-count indictment filed on August 18, 2015, which charged McJimpson with embezzling approximately $19,000 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.

On February 12, 2016, in the 167th District Court of Texas, Richard McCullough, former Secretary Treasurer of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 6132 (located in Austin, Tex.), pled guilty to theft (greater than $20,000, but less than $100,000), in violation of Texas Criminal Code Section 31.03.  McCullough was then sentenced to one year of confinement (suspended), two years of community supervision, and was ordered to pay $292 in court costs, $60 a month in supervision fees, a $30 Crime Stopper fee, and a $100 Family Violence Center fee.  McCullough previously paid full restitution totaling $22,681.  The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On February 12, 2016, in the 167th District Court of Texas, Jessica McCullough, former Chief Steward of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 6132 (located in Austin, Tex.), pled guilty to theft (greater than $1,500, but less than $20,000), in violation of Texas Criminal Code Section 31.03.  McCullough’s sentence was deferred contingent upon her completion of two years of community supervision.  She was ordered to pay $292 in court costs, $60 a month in supervision fees, a $30 Crime Stopper fee, and a $100 Family Violence Center fee.  McCullough previously paid full restitution totaling $7,556.  The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On February 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Nereida Norris, former Clerk Craft Director and Chief Steward of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 98 (located in Fort Worth, Tex.), pled guilty to one count of making false statements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.  

On February 5, 2016, in the United Stated District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Jerry L. Conner, former President and Business Agent of Teamsters Local 279 (located in Decatur, Ill.), pled guilty to making false entries in financial records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.  

On February 4, 2016, in the Superior Court of Arizona (Maricopa County), Anne Susan, former business manager of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 1386 (located in Phoenix, Ariz.), was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay $18,056 in restitution.  On January 4, 2016, Susan pled guilty to theft, taking the identity of another, and forgery, in violation of Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1802, 13-2008, and 13-2002, respectively.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Phoenix Resident Investigator Office.

On February 3, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Lawrence Moyer, President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 6723 (located in Troy, Mich.), was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of embezzling $2,599 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office. 

On January 27, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Nereida Norris, Clerk Craft Director of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 98 (located in Fort Worth, Tex.), was charged in a one-count information for making a false statement, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On January 27, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Raymond Fujii, former executive director for the Hawaii Painting & Decorating Contractors Association (PDCA), pled guilty to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341, for concealing his embezzlement of approximately $1,483,800 from the Hawaii Painters Trade Promotion & Charity Fund and the Association between 1997 and 2014.  The Trade Promotion & Charity Fund is a CBA-negotiated fund that comes out of hourly wages of members of Painters District Council 50 (located in Honolulu, Hawaii).  The fund is used to primarily fund the PDCA.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 9, 2016.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Honolulu Resident Investigative Office and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations.

On January 27, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, John McCain, former Secretary-Treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 1016 (located in Poplar Bluff, Mo.), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of $30,948 in labor 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 January 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for South Dakota, Southern Division, Susan Haugen, former Treasurer of the South Dakota American Postal Workers of America (APWU) State Association (located in Huron, S.D.), pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds in the amount of $30,782, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.

On January 26, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Clinton Humphrey, former President and Business Manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 386 (located in Texarkana, Ark.), was charged in an information with one count of embezzling $51,812 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  Humphrey then pled guilty to the charge.  The information and plea follow an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office. 

On January 25, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Helen Genal, former Financial Secretary Treasurer of the United Autoworkers (UAW) Fox Valley Area Community Action Program (CAP), located in Oshkosh, Wisc., was sentenced to six months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.  Genal was also ordered to pay $30,020 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  On November 2, 2015, Genal pled guilty to one count of embezzlement, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office.

On January 22, 2016, in the Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Arizona, Therlen Benally, former Treasurer of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 1386 (located in Phoenix, Ariz.), pled guilty to Facilitation of Fraudulent Schemes or Artifices, in violation of Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) 13-2310 and 13-1004; Theft, in violation of A.R.S. 13-1802; and Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device, in violation of A.R.S. 13-2003(A)(1), all Class 6 undesignated felonies.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Phoenix Resident Investigator Office.

On January 21, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Gregory J. Hill, Jr., former Vice President of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2297 (formerly located in Shreveport, La.), pled guilty to one count of uttering-forgery in the amount of $581, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 513(a).  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Dallas-New Orleans District Office.

On January 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Patrick Remigio, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2859 (located in Maricopa, Ariz.), was indicted on eight counts of wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343, and on two counts of false documents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.  The charges follow a joint investigation by the OLMS Phoenix Resident Investigator Office, Department of Homeland Security's Office of Professional Responsibility, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On January 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Raymond Fujii, former executive director for the Hawaii Painting & Decorating Contractors Association (PDCA), was charged with one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341, for concealing his embezzlement of approximately $1,483,800 from the Hawaii Painters Trade Promotion & Charity Fund and the Association between 1997 and 2014.  In addition, Fujii was charged with one count of filing a false tax return, in violation of 26 U.S.C. 7206(1)), for underreporting his income in 2009.  The Trade Promotion & Charity Fund is a CBA-negotiated fund that comes out of hourly wages of members of Painters District Council 50 (located in Honolulu, Hawaii).  The fund is used to primarily fund the PDCA.  The charges follow an investigation by the OLMS Honolulu Resident Investigative Office and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations. 

On January 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Michelle Misso, former bookkeeper for Ironworkers Local 63 (located in Westchester, Ill.), was sentenced to three months in prison and one year of supervision.  She was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $31,161 (previously paid approximately $16,000) and a $25 special assessment.  On October 8, 2015, Misso pled guilty to making false entries in records required to be maintained by LMRDA, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.

On January 20, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Lowell Wreh, former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1707 (located in Kansas City, Mo.), waived an indictment and entered a plea of guilty to wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1344.  The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On January 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Jesus Gonzales, former President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 300 (formerly Local 488-489), located in Lansing, Mich., pled guilty to making false entries in financial records required to be kept by the LMRDA, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the United States Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General. 

On January 19, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Heather Banhidy, former office secretary for Plumbers Local 120 (located in Cleveland, Ohio), was sentenced to two years of probation and 50 hours of community service, and she was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  Banhidy previously made full restitution prior to her sentencing.  On October 26, 2015, Banhidy pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of $13,906, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati-Cleveland District Office. 

On January 15, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Joshua Lewis, former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED) Lodge 212 (located in Gillespie, Ill.), pled guilty and was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay a $25 special assessment.  On November 17, 2015, Lewis was indicted for one count of false statements, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The guilty plea and sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.

On January 12, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Gregory Paradis, former chief steward of the United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers (UFSPSO) Local 501 (located in Seabrook, N.H.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,493.  On October 2, 2015, Paradis pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of labor union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston-Buffalo District Office. 

On January 12, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Herbert White, Jr., former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Local 8936 (located in Wilmington, Del.), was charged in a criminal complaint with embezzling $24,287 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia-Pittsburgh District Office. 

On January 7, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Carolyn Hall, bookkeeper for Laborers Local 1197 (located in McLeansboro, Ill.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $100 assessment.  Hall previously paid restitution in full.  On August 7, 2015, Hall pled guilty to one count of embezzling $26,291 in union funds, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office.  

On January 6, 2016, in the United Stated District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Jerry L. Conner, former President and Business Agent of Teamsters Local 279 (located in Decatur, Ill.), was charged in an information with making false entries in financial records, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(c).  The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General.  

On January 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Christopher Headlee, former Treasurer of United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) Local 50 (located in Durango, Colo.), was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay remaining restitution in the amount of $1,947 ($9,000 previously paid) and a $25 special assessment.  On October 14, 2015, Headlee pled guilty to one count of falsification of an annual financial report filed by a labor union, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 439(b).  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver-St. Louis District Office. 

On January 5, 2016, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Northern Division, Edward Mason, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2274 (located in Saginaw, Mich.), was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay $21,077 in restitution and a $25 special assessment.  On September 17, 2015, Mason pled guilty to one count of making false statements in an official certificate or writing, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1018.  The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Detroit-Milwaukee District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General. 

On January 4, 2016, in the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona, Anne Susan, former business manager of Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 1386 (located in Phoenix, Ariz.), pled guilty to theft, taking the identity of another, and forgery, in violation of Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1802, 13-2008, and 13-2002, respectively. The sentencing is scheduled for February 4, 2016. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Phoenix Resident Investigative Office.

 

Last Updated: 10-05-17