On October 2, Danny Beyser, ex-financial secretary of United Mine Workers Local 1638, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to embezzlement. He had been charged in June with one count of embezzling $83,274.39 in funds from the Moundsville, West Va.-based union. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 10/12/07).
Alabama Business Manager Indicted for Embezzlement
On September 25, Frank M. McEvoy, former business manager/secretary-treasurer for Laborers International Union of North America Locals 1370 and 123, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on one count of embezzling $11,167.50 in funds from Local 1370 and one count of embezzling $23,779 from Local 123. Both locals are based in Birmingham, and represent Alabama state employees. (OLMS, 10/12/07).
Illinois Ex-Financial Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement
On September 20, Jeffrey Klope, former financial secretary for International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Lodge 8-S, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to three years probation for embezzling $25,794 in union funds. He will be required to spend the first six months in home detention and perform 100 hours of community service. Klope pled guilty in June and has paid restitution. (OLMS, 10/12/07).
Ex-California Officials Charged with Making False Statements
On October 11, Esau Faaitiiti and Arthur Clark, respectively, former president and vice president of Department of Defense Police Officers Association Local 57 (now known as Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 12), were indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California with making false statements, plus aiding and abetting. Faaitiiti and Clark allegedly omitted payments they had received from the union in the amounts of $5,000 and $9,900 from inclusion in the union’s Labor Department financial reporting form. (OLMS, 10/12/07).
Former Local President in Indiana Charged with Theft
On October 3, Curtis Pittinger, ex-president of Local 2043 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, was charged in the Circuit Court of Wayne County (Richmond), Indiana with three counts of theft in the amount of $10,300 from the union. (OLMS, 10/12/07).
Two Officials of Oklahoma Local Charged with Embezzlement
On October 2, Curtis Smith and Steve Dobyns, formerly president and secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders and Plastics Workers Union Local 325, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma with embezzling union funds. Smith and Dobyns allegedly stole respective sums of $904.48 and $850. (OLMS, 10/12/07).
California Local President Indicted for False Record-Keeping
On October 11, Donna Hammock, a/k/a Donna Jackson and Donna Jones, formerly president of National Federation of Federal Employees Local 2096, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on two counts of making false statements on the local’s Labor Department financial reporting form. The union represents employees of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. (OLMS, 10/12/07).