Ex-Ofc. Secy. Admits Embezzlement in Ore. Fed. Court

On November 11, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Joy Torrance, former office secretary of Local 1094, Carpenters, pled guilty to embezzling $31,640.02 in union funds. An indictment filed on July 28, 2004, alleged that Torrance created and cashed unauthorized checks to herself and other third parties from the union’s checking, savings, and money market accounts. In addition, the indictment alleged that Torrance used the union’s credit card without authorization. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.

 

Frmr. Del. Treasurer Indicted

On December 7, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Julie Messick, former treasurer of Local 2001, Carpenters, was indicted on five counts of embezzlement in excess of $10,000 in union funds. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

 

Frmr. Ohio Pres. Sentenced for Embezzlement

On December 1, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Allan L. Spates, former president of Local 5-1250, Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE), was sentenced for embezzlement. The sentence consists of 27 months imprisonment; 3 years supervised probation; and submission to random drug testing. Spates was ordered to make full restitution in the amount of $20,655.21. On May 28, 2004, Spates pled guilty to embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.

 

Ex-Secy.-Treasurer Indicted for Embezzlement in Mass. Fed. Court

On November 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, George Beck Jr., former secretary-treasurer of Local 1-366, Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers (PACE), was indicted on 26 counts of embezzling $10,232.96 in union funds. In addition, the indictment sought forfeiture of proceeds traceable to the commission of the alleged embezzlement, including, but not limited to, $26,835.05 and a BOSE Acoustic Wave Music System. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

 

Frmr. Ill. Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

On November 30, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judy Nowak, former treasurer of Branch 1107, Letter Carriers, was sentenced to six months of home confinement and two years of probation for embezzlement. In addition, Nowak was ordered to pay court fees of $100. On January 14, 2004, Nowak pled guilty to one count of embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office.

 

Ex-Secy.-Treasurer Charged with Falsification

On November 24, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Joseph Calgano, former business manager/secretary-treasurer of Local 1162, Laborers’, was charged with making false entries in the Local’s financial books and records. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Boston District Office.

 

Frmr. V.P. Indicted for Embezzlement in Ore. Fed. Court

On November 23, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Beverly Jackson, former executive vice president of Local 7901, Communications Workers, was indicted on three counts of embezzlement totaling $33,457.65. The indictment alleges that Jackson was “double paid” by both the union and her employer, Qwest Corporation, for time she spent performing union activities. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.

 

Ex-Fla. Pres. Charged with Falsification

On November 9, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Glenn Johnson, former president of CWA Local 3140, Communications Workers (CWA), pled guilty to a one-count information charging him with making a false statement of material fact in a report required to be filed under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Atlanta District Office.

 

Frmr. Financial Secy. Sentenced for Embezzlement in Ohio Fed. Court

On November 22, 2004, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Michael Kmit, former financial secretary of Local 2562, Auto Workers (UAW), was sentenced to the following: six months home confinement with electronic monitoring, two years of supervised probation, and random drug testing. In addition, he was ordered to make full restitution of the outstanding balance of $10,953.50. On September 1, 2004, Kmit pled guilty to embezzlement following an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.