Stanley M. Bennett, ex-boss of Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters Local 1137, was sentenced Aug. 30 to 3 years probation; fined $200; ordered to serve four months of home detention, including two months with electric monitoring; and ordered to make restitution of $6,477.56. He pled guilty to embezzling union funds.
Bennett was charged Apr. 24 with embezzling $4,833 from Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters Local 473 and Dayton (Ohio) Mailers Union Local 1137. He was secretary-treasurer of the Mailers Local before it merged with the IBT Local. He was a union steward after the merger. From May 1997 to Mar. 1998, he allegedly stole $2,588 in members’ cash dues. He concealed the theft “by making false entries of receipts in the dues log or failing to record the amount received,” according to federal court records. Reportedly, Bennett also wrote union checks totaling $2,245 for his own benefit. [DOL 8/30/01; Dayton Daily News 4/25/01]
Southeast Texas Boss Gets 5 Months for $4,800 Theft
Marvin Savant, ex-paymaster of the Int’l Longshoremen’s Ass’n Local 1316 in Beaumont, Tex., was sentenced Sept. 6 to 5 months in a community correction center to be followed by 5 months home detention and 3 years supervised release. He was also ordered to make restitution to the union of $4,820. He previously pled guilty to union embezzlement.
North Carolina Boss Sentence to 120 at Home for $4,500 Embezzlement
Angela B. Smith, secretary-treasurer of the Paper Allied-Indus., Chem. & Energy Workers Local 1325 (f.k.a., United Paperworkers Int’l Union Local 1325).in New Bern, N.C., was sentenced Sept. 18 to 120 days home confinement with 4 years supervised probation and was ordered to make restitution to the union in the amount of $4,524.95. She had earlier pled guilty to embezzling union funds. [DOL 9/18/01]
A grand jury indicted Smith Mar. 20 on two counts of union embezzlement. From Jan. 1997 to Jan. 1999, Smith allegedly embezzled $4,374.95 from UPIU Local 1325 by issuing checks to herself and third parties for her personal expenses. Further, she allegedly stole $150 from PACE Local 1325 in Dec. 1999 by again issuing a check to a third party for her personal expenses. [USAO E.D.N.C. 3/22, 3/20/01]
South Alabama Boss Nets Probation for $1,700 Theft
Larry Turman, ex-secretary-treasurer of Nat’l Ass’n of Letter Carriers Branch 2119 in Andalusia, Ala., was sentenced Sept. 4 to one year supervised probation and fined $1,000. The judgment order made note that full restitution of $1,700 had already been made to the union. Turman previously pled guilty to embezzling union funds. [DOL 9/4/01]
Minnesota Boss Admits Falsification
Judy Domning, ex-executive director of the Minn. Licensed Practical Nurses Ass’n, pled guilty Aug. 24 to one count of making a false statement in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 by making a false entry in a union record. [DOL 8/24]
Three South Florida Bosses Probed
Several fire union officials are under investigation by the Miami-Dade Inspector General’s Office, a leader of the county firefighters’ union admitted Oct. 23. “The investigators came in and asked for people by name without telling us why,” said Stan Hills, vice president of Metro-Dade Firefighters, Int’l Ass’n of Fire Fighters Local 1403, recounting an Oct. 11 visit to the union offices in Doral, Fla.
Hills said two special agents with the IG’s office, Edward Carberry and Cedric Johnson, stated they came to question three union bosses without first briefing him on the purpose of the investigation. He would not reveal the names of the three union officials, but said he was not among them. Hills alleges that firefighters are shielded under state law against some standard law enforcement tactics. Hills said agents honed in on Local 1403’s collective bargaining agreement with the county, and agents visited union offices on at least two other occasions. [Miami Herald 10/24/01]