NYC Teamster President Sentenced for Role in Fraud and Kickback Scheme

Louis Smith won’t have to spend much in the way of prison time, but he will have to spend a lot more money. On January 24, Smith, former president of the New York City-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 810, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to one year in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release, for taking kickbacks as part of a conspiracy to fleece two union benefit plans out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He also was ordered to forfeit $151,481 in assets on top of the $213,264 he already had paid in restitution. Smith, along with Johnnie Miranti, an officer with Allied Novelty and Production Workers Local 223, had pleaded guilty in August. The pair, along with Miranti’s father, had been indicted in July 2015 following a joint probe by the FBI, the U.S. Labor Department and the NYPD.