AFGE President in Florida Panhandle Sentenced for Wire Fraud

Danny Hubbard headed his union for two years. That proved to be enough time to generate a substantial illegal side income. On November 20, Hubbard, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1380, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida to 30 months in prison for stealing more than $90,000 from the Panama City, Fla. union, and was ordered to pay full restitution. He had pleaded guilty to wire fraud in August after being charged in November 2012. The union represents Naval Support Activity employees in Panama City.

Hubbard, now 49, a resident of Panama City, became president of AFGE Local 1380 in or around November 2006, serving in his position through 2008. During that time, say federal prosecutors, he wrote unauthorized union checks to himself, “cash,” a local convenience store, and the Boomtown Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. He also conducted numerous other transactions, including an unauthorized withdrawal of $6,650 from the union savings account. Eventually, union executive board members, having grown suspicious, requested an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. The department concluded that Hubbard stole a grand total of about $91,600 and then referred the case to the Justice Department. In addition to serving prison time and paying restitution, Hubbard must serve three years of supervised probation and pay a $2,400 special assessment.