Cheryl Raas pled guilty on Feb. 14 to using her frmr. position as a union treasurer to write $10,800 in union checks to herself. According to a criminal complaint filed in the Ramsey County Court, two officials of Local 22 of the Amer. Fedtn. Of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) confronted Raas last July after they discovered that only $400 remained in the union’s checking acct.
Raas admitted to the theft, claiming that she took the money to pay for cancer treatments. But Local officials said she never appeared sick or claimed any sick leave, and St. Paul police officers questioning her said that Raas was vague when asked about her health. The 11 checks police identified were paid to the owner of her apartment and a rental-car company. Ramsey County Dist. Judge David Higgs is scheduled to sentence Raas on March 3. [Minneapolis Star Tribune 2/15/03]
Ex-President Sentenced for Embezzlement in MI Fed. Ct.
On February 18, 2003, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the East. Dist. of Michigan, Isadore Hampton, former president of United Auto Workers Local 835, was sentenced to 180 days home confinement, three years probation, and ordered to pay restitution of $10,389 and a special assessment of $100. Hampton was also ordered to surrender a 17-foot fiberglass boat and a 1974 Dodge to the U.S. Marshals Service so that they might be sold with the proceeds being applied toward his restitution. Hampton pled guilty to embezzling union funds on October 3, 2002, following an investigation by the Detroit branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS 2/27/03]
Va. Man Sentenced for Harboring Ex-Union Boss on the Run
On February 12, 2003, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Western District of Virginia, Robert E. Martin, Jr., former member of Steelworkers Local Union 9336 in Radford, Virginia, was sentenced to spend three years on probation and ordered to pay $900.71 in restitution plus a special assessment of $100. Martin was further ordered to report to his probation officer any contacts with fugitive Elizabeth J. George and any information on her whereabouts. On December 11, 2002, Martin pled guilty to one count of harboring George and concealing her from arrest. Martin was previously charged with embezzlement before being jailed for three months on the harboring charge. These charges were brought following an investigation by the Pittsburgh branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS 2/20/03]
Ex-Financial Secy. Indicted in ND Fed. Ct.
On February 11, 2003, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the District of North Dakota, the grand jury returned a three count indictment against Gary Halvorson, former financial secretary and business manager of Bricklayers Local 3. The indictment charges Halvorson with one count of embezzlement of $10,175 in union funds, one count of filing a false report, and one count of destruction of records. The charges were brought following an investigation by the Minneapolis Resident Investigator Office of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS 2/20/03]
Ex-Secy.-Treasurer Sentenced in NY Fed. Ct. for Theft
On February 11, 2003, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the West. District of New York, David Koch, former secretary-treasurer of PACE Local Union #1-236, was sentenced to two years of probation and 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty to filing a false union report. Koch was ordered to continuing making restitution to the union in the remaining amount of $9,445. The charges were brought following an investigation by the Buffalo branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS 2/20/03]
Ex-Secy.-Treasurer Sentenced in NY Fed. Ct. for Embezzlement
On February 10, 2003, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the N. District of New York, Thomas Lannon, former secretary-treasurer of Machinists Local Lodge #1562, was sentenced to six months of home detention followed by three years of probation and to perform 120 hours of community service. Lannon pled guilty to embezzling union funds and made restitution in the amount of $13,175 following an investigation by the Buffalo branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS 2/20/03]
Frmr. President Sentenced for Embezzlement in Wisc. Fed. Ct.
On February 7, 2003, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the East. Dist. of Wisconsin, Steven Pautz, former president of Machinists Lodge 251, was sentenced to three years of probation including six months of home confinement. Pautz pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of union funds on November 19, 2002 following an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office. [OLMS 2/20/03]