Transportation Union Officer in Indiana Charged with Theft

On July 24, Thomas Rodgers, former general chairman of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), General Committee of Adjustment 247, was charged in the LaPorte, Indiana Circuit Court with theft of $3,672 in funds from the LaPorte-based union. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Officials of AFGE Local in NE Pennsylvania Charged with Fraud

Michael Evans and William Uggiano knew there was no way out. That’s why they have indicated their intent to plead guilty. On July 28, the pair, respectively, former vice president and former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1699, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania with conspiring to commit bank fraud in a sum of more than $50,000 from the union, which represents VA Hospital employees in Wilkes-Barre. Evans and Uggiano each were suspended from their union positions. The charges follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Office of Inspector General.

According to prosecutors, Michael Evans, 56, and William Uggiano, 60, each a resident of Wilkes-Barre, during 2013 and 2014 made unauthorized withdrawals of funds from the Local 1699 account at Vantage Trust First Credit Union for their own benefit. In early 2015, suspicious union … Read More ➡

Oklahoma City AFSCME President Charged with Embezzlement; Pleads No Contest

At least William Bryles now has his easiest legal problems behind him. On July 26, Bryles, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2406, was charged in the District Court of Oklahoma County, Oklahoma with four counts of embezzlement. He then pleaded no contest and signed a three-year deferred sentence order. The court also ordered Bryles to pay $11,174 in restitution and court costs. He had been arrested a year ago following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

As Union Corruption Update noted at the time, Bryles, now 54, a resident of Oklahoma City, was arrested last August 17 on seven separate embezzlement charges. He allegedly had diverted more than $15,000 in funds belonging to Local 2406, a city employee union, for such personal uses as basketball tournaments, restaurant meals, cell phone charges and flowers for his wife. “Bryles has … Read More ➡

GMP Local Secretary in Ohio Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On July 26, Guy Gokey, former financial secretary for Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Local 59, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in the sum of $14,074 from the Toledo union. He had been charged last August with embezzlement and making a false statement in financial records. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Ex-School Clerical Workers President in Rhode Island Charged with Theft

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 ➡

Rhode Island Police Union President Sentenced for Thefts

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 ➡

Secretary for Steelworkers Local in Delaware Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

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 ➡

Iowa Dairy Workers President Sentenced for Theft

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 ➡

New Jersey Longshoreman Indicted for No-Show Job Scam

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 ➡

AFGE President in Texas Sentenced for False Record-Keeping

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 ➡

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