AFGE Treasurer in Delaware Charged with Fraud; Pleads Guilty

Lon Sullivan’s thefts apparently went a good deal further than initial reports had indicated. On February 28, Sullivan, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 644, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in an information count with wire fraud in the amount of $8,647 from the Baltimore-based union. He then pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $96,809 in restitution. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Office of Inspector General.

Court records show that Sullivan, a resident of Delaware, while treasurer of AFGE Local 644, wrote union checks payable to himself and others. He had been an employee of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), part of the Labor Department. The presiding judge in Wilmington has scheduled a June 28 sentencing date. Prosecutors are recommending leniency based on Sullivan’s acceptance of responsibility.