Kansas City-Area Corrections Workers President Sentenced

afscme-logoAmerican Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1707 represents corrections employees in Jackson County, Missouri.  Its main problem right now appears to be finding a president who won’t wind up in jail himself.  On September 16, Lowell Wreh, former president of the Kansas City, Mo.-based local, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to five years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 assessment for defrauding the union out of $7,642.  Wreh had pleaded guilty in January following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Wreh, 46, a resident of Raytown, Mo., in suburban Kansas City, became acting president of AFSCME Local 1707 in October 2012 after his predecessor, Jesse Morgan, had departed in the wake of an internal union probe.  The audit had concluded that at least $185,000 in union funds was missing.  …

Ex-President of Steelworkers Local in Oklahoma Sentenced

steelworkers-logoOn September 7, Jason Leach, former president of United Steelworkers Local 13-669, was ordered in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to pay a $100 fine and a $25 special assessment for theft of funds from the Pryor Creek, Okla.-based union in the amount of $2,524.  He had pleaded guilty in May after being charged in April.  His brother, Jeremy Leach, former secretary-treasurer of the local, had been given the same punishment this August after pleading guilty in May in a superseding indictment for stealing $3,111.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Utility Workers Official in Ohio Indicted for Money Laundering

utility-workers-logoOn September 7, Arthur Boedecker Jr., former vice president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 270, was indicted in the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County for money laundering.  The charge was in addition to one filed back in March for theft in the amount of $40,203 from the Brooklyn Heights (Cleveland area), Ohio union.  Both charges follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Office Manager for Insulators Local in Alabama Pleads Guilty

heat-and-frost-insulators_0On August 30, Michell Clifton, former office manager for International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 78, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama to one count of embezzling $23,014 in funds from the Irondale (Birmingham area), Ala.-based union.  She also agreed to pay full restitution.  Clifton had been charged in June with one count of embezzlement, 17 counts of forgery and two counts of making false statements.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Teamsters Local Employee in Maryland Charged with Theft

teamsters-logoOn September 15, Coralee Stotler, former employee of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 992, was charged in the Circuit Court for Washington County, Maryland with one count of theft in a sum between $1,000 and $10,000.  The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration.

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North Carolina AFGE Secretary Sentenced for Fraud

afge logo_0On September 14, Benjamin Stancil, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 451, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to 120 days of home confinement and three years of probation for wire fraud against the Havelock (near New Bern), N.C.-based union.  He also was ordered to pay $13,308 in restitution, a $2,500 fine and a $400 special assessment.  Stancil had pleaded guilty in June to four-count information of wire fraud after being charged in February.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Tidewater Virginia ILA Business Agent Pleads Guilty to $1M+ Ripoff

international longshoremen_s association logoFor 10 years, Robert Smith III stole freely from his union.  He now is realizing the meaning of the saying, “Nothing in life is free.”  On Friday, October 14, Smith, former business agent and financial secretary of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 970, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of mail fraud in connection with his theft of more than $1 million from the Norfolk-based union.  He had resigned his post in April following a joint investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.  He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing this February.

Port of Virginia, located along Hampton Roads in the southeast coastal portion of the state, is home to four marine terminals – two in Portsmouth and one each in Norfolk and Newport News.  The terminals and …

Heat and Frost Insulators Business Manager in North Dakota Charged

heat-and-frost-insulators_0On September 7, John Bickerstaff, former business manager of International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 133, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota with one count of embezzling $70,659 in funds from the Bismarck union, plus one count each of filing a false financial report and willfully concealing records.  The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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Washington State Security Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

ncsp-logoOn September 7, Charles Nelson, former secretary-treasurer of the National Council of Security Police, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington to one count of embezzling more than $140,000 in funds from the Yakima, Wash.-based union federation.  Scheduling is set for December.  Nelson had been charged in April.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Indiana AFGE Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

afge logo_0On September 7, Carlton Woodcox, former secretary-treasurer for American Federation of Government Employees Local 2150, pleaded guilty in Dubois County (Indiana) Superior Court to one count of theft in the amount of $30,859 from the Jasper, Ind.-based union.  A month later, on October 6, he was sentenced to 360 days of probation, eight days in jail (previously served) and 80 hours of community service.  He also was ordered to pay full restitution.  Woodcox, 56, a resident of Jasper, had been charged in a two-count information in June with stealing $32,787.  Local 2150 represents employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

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