Jo-Anne Micheletti’s transition last year was voluntary. Her transition this year was involuntary. On Monday, August 21, Micheletti, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1339, was charged in Providence Superior Court with embezzling $6,946 from the union, which represents public school clerical workers in that city’s school system. She submitted her resignation from her job as a school administrator on August 16 after having been placed on administrative leave in April. Micheletti had been arrested by Rhode Island State Police in April. She had worked for the AFSCME local for a dozen years until she assumed her more recent position last year.
According to police, Micheletti, a resident of Warwick, made a series of unauthorized withdrawals from the union account during 2014-16. The pattern of theft unraveled when the current union president, Charlene Vela, discovered that money was missing and then asked AFSCME … Read More ➡
On July 21, Christopher Hayes, former president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 8, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island to six months in prison, to be followed by six months of home confinement, three years of probation and 300 hours of community service, for wire fraud in connection with his theft of $71,523 in funds from the Newport, R.I.-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution. Hayes, a former Newport police sergeant, had pleaded guilty in May after being charged in March with diverting union funds by a variety of means to his own personal use during August 2009-December 2014. The actions follow a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General, and the Rhode Island State Police.… Read More ➡
On July 20, Herbert White, former financial secretary for United Steelworkers Local 8936, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to making a false entry in financial records of the union which until recently was based in Wilmington. Immediately thereafter, he was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a remaining restitution balance of $23,287 and a $25 special assessment. White had been charged in March with records fraud after being charged in January with embezzlement of $24,287 in union funds. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 28, Curtis Lang, former president of United Dairy Workers of Le Mars, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa to one year in prison, six months of home confinement and three years of supervised release for embezzling funds from the Le Mars (near Sioux City) union. He also was ordered to pay $95,223 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Lang had pleaded guilty in May to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $45,040 after being indicted in March. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has a long tradition of rewarding its friends with lavish wages and salaries for “ghost jobs.” Paul Moe now wishes he was present more often. On July 20, Moe, foreman for a shipping company at Port of Elizabeth, N.J., was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey with multiple counts of wire fraud related to his collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in nonexistent work. He was released on $250,000 bail. Moe’s lawyer asserts no crime was committed. Given the evidence, this may be a hard case to defend. The charges follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General, and Employee Benefits Security Administration, along with the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.
Paul Moe Sr., now 66, a resident of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., during September 2015-March 2017 was employed full-time at Port of … Read More ➡
On July 18, Clementine Ray, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2109, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to three years of probation for records fraud against the Temple union. She also was ordered to pay $4,067 in restitution. Ray had pleaded guilty in May to a superseding information count after being charged with wire fraud in February. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 18, Charles Hill, former financial secretary of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Local 46, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on one count of embezzling $7,000 in funds from the Avonmore (Westmoreland County), Pa.-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 17, Ashley Cline, former office manager for Laborers International Union of North America Local 155, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho to four years of probation and ordered to pay $30,776 in restitution and a $1,000 fine for wire fraud against the Idaho Falls union. She had pleaded guilty in January immediately after being indicted. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
For nearly a half-decade Michael Lackey enhanced his lifestyle by taking from the union till. Over the next year, he’ll be downsizing. On July 13, Lackey, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 3901, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama to a year and a day in prison, and three years of supervised probation, for his theft of $69,193 in funds from the Oxford, Ala.-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution. Lackey had been indicted last November, and pleaded guilty this January. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. He is set to report to prison on September 11.
Michael Lackey, now 44, a resident of Bremen, Ga., was elected Local 3901 president in October 2008. According to federal prosecutors, he did more than manage union funds. Starting in February 2010, he conducted … Read More ➡
For David Sager, it was a reasonable tradeoff. Put another way, he could have done worse. On June 30, Sager, formerly president of United Steelworkers Local 5000, pleaded guilty in Cleveland federal court to one charge each of obstruction of justice, making false statements to law enforcement, and filing a false tax return. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop 29 other charges, mostly related to his embezzling over $180,000 in funds from the Middleburg, Ohio union and extracting over $200,000 in payments from unionized Great Lakes shipping companies in exchange for his assurance that he would go easy on them come contract renewal time. Sager had been indicted last September and this April. The actions follow a probe by the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Union Corruption Update has analyzed this case twice before (here and here). David Sager, now 59, a resident … Read More ➡