Ex-Union Organizer Sentenced for Embezzlement from Intl. Union

On August 21, in the U.S. Dist. Court for the Dist. of Columbia, Fred G. Summers, former Director of Organizing for the Intl. Assn. of Iron Workers, was sentenced to 6 months home detention and 5 years supervised probation.  He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $50,000, a $5,000 fine, and a special assessment of $1,675.  Summers was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.  The sentence was reduced due to his assistance in the larger federal investigation of the Iron Workers Union.  On March 15, 2000, Summers pled guilty to 16 counts of embezzling union funds and three counts of false entries in union records.  The guilty plea and sentence followed an investigation by the Washington branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards, the FBI, and the U.S. Attny’s. Ofc. for the Dist. of Columbia. [OLMS, 8/27/03]

Ex-President Pleads Guilty to Theft of Union Funds in Calif. Court
On August 19, in Imperial County (California) Jail Court, Edward B. Adams, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2554 (representing U. S. Border Patrol employees), pled guilty to misdemeanor grand theft for embezzling $4,100 in union funds.  On the same day, Adams was sentenced to three years probation, a $100 fine, 120 hours of community service, and restitution in the amount of $4,100.  He had previously made partial restitution of $2,600, and submitted the remaining $1,500 at sentencing.  The guilty plea and sentence follow an investigation by the Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 8/27/03]

Another AFGE Ex-President Pleads Guilty in Calif. Court

On August 18, in the Kern County (California) Superior Court, Mark Marquez, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2730 (which represents U.S. Border Patrol agents) pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor petty theft.  Under the plea agreement, Marquez was ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution and to serve one year probation.  Marquez pled guilty following a joint investigation by the Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards, and the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Ofc. of the Inspector General. [OLMS, 8/27/03]

Ex-President Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement in Montana Federal Court
On August 18, in the United States District Court for the District of Montana, Michael La Forge, former president of National Federation of Federal Employees Local 224, pled not guilty to one count of embezzlement/theft of government property totaling $14,622, and one count of fraud and false statements.  According to the U.S. Attny. for Montana, LaForge pocketed 21 dues rebate checks issued by the U.S. Treasury, then claimed that the cash had been stolen from his car.  He was indicted on July 17 following an investigation by the Denver branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 8/27/03: Billings Gazette, 8/19/03]

DOL Sues to Overturn Election
On August 7, a complaint was filed in the U.S. Dist. Court for the Dist. of Massachusetts against the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE).  The complaint seeks to overturn the election of executive board members which was held in September 2002, in Las Vegas, NV.  The suit claims that NAGE announced the creation of 30 new executive board positions, and nominations to fill them, one day before the election on September 19, 2002.  Union members protested the election, arguing that the field of candidates was limited by the lack of notice of the new officer positions and the lack of time to campaign for those positions.  The complaint asks that the executive board election be voided and NAGE be ordered to hold a new election for those positions under OLMS supervision.  The complaint follows an investigation by the Boston branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 8/27/03]