William Davis has found out the consequences of debit card fraud. On July 21, Davis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1119, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release in connection with his theft of more than $120,000 in funds from the Montrose (Westchester County), N.Y.-based union. He also was ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Davis had pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in April after being charged last October. The actions follow a joint investigation by the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General.
Davis, a resident of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., during January 2008-October 2012 headed AFGE Local 1119, which represents about 300 employees of the VA Hudson Valley Health … Read More ➡
On July 1, Elmer Ray Booker, former financial secretary of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1530, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to five years of probation for embezzling $42,018 in funds from the Houston union. He also was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and pay $39,517 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Booker had pleaded guilty this February after being indicted in March 2015. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 1, Joan Dutton and Tatia Clark, respectively, former president and former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 2801, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in a four-count indictment for conspiracy, aiding and abetting, embezzlement, and concealment in relation to their theft of $15,935 in funds from the Signal Hill, Calif.-based union. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
In Minnesota, the Service Employees International Union might qualify as a separate branch of government. Governor Mark Dayton, for one, wouldn’t object. Three years ago the State of Minnesota enacted a law opening the door to unionizing private home care providers for the disabled. The law soon seemed destined for oblivion. In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Harris v. Quinn, ruled that an Illinois law forcing home care workers to pay union dues violated their free speech rights. That these employees received a portion of their incomes from state Medicaid funds, said the Court, does not subject them to a public-sector labor agreement. Yet the Minnesota law’s supporters have managed to sidestep that ruling, enriching union coffers in the process.
The Service Employees gambit in Minnesota goes back nearly five years. In November 2011, Governor Dayton, a Democrat, issued an executive order authorizing union elections for private … Read More ➡
On July 18, Oscar Luevano, former financial secretary-treasurer of Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Local Lodge 5050, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to eight months of home confinement and five years of probation for embezzling funds from the Covina (Los Angeles County)-based union in the amount of $132,939. He also was ordered to pay $104,410 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Luevano had pleaded guilty on March 30, five days after being charged. TCU is an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On June 30, Michael Schofield, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Local 1046, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to falsifying financial records in order to conceal embezzlement of $31,850 in funds during 2012-13 from the Plainfield, Ill. union. Schofield had been charged in a one-count information a week earlier. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
The ambush murders of five Dallas police officers on July 7, followed ten days later by the murders of three Baton Rouge cops, outraged the nation. To the social media network of provocateurs called Black Lives Matter (BLM), however, these massacres were equivalent to recent white police “murders” of blacks. Though evidence negates such equivalence, many journalists are insisting that we see these events through the group’s lens. Rather than objectively pursue truth, they selectively use facts and manipulate language to propagate the view that blacks are being targeted for death and are justified in taking matters into their own hands. Case in point: Last December, as part of its annual Person of the Year issue, Time magazine praised BLM as having “weaponized protest.”
Since the start of this year, National Legal and Policy Center has published more than a half-dozen highly critical stories of Black Lives Matter and its … Read More ➡
On June 16, Bernadine Bell, former treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 757, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan with an information count of embezzling roughly $73,000 in funds from the Detroit union. The charge follows a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡
On June 29, Michelle Clifton, former office manager/bookkeeper for International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 78, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $23,014 from the Irondale (suburban Birmingham), Ala.-based construction trades union, plus 17 counts of forged securities and two counts of making fraudulent statements. The 20-count indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
According to prosecutors, Clifton, 49, a resident of Sylacauga, Ala., during December 2012-September 2013, forged 17 checks drawn upon four separate union accounts. In addition, she allegedly made false statements to Labor Department investigators, claiming that a business manager at the union office had ordered her to forge the checks and then falsify financial statements. Fighting this one will be a risky act. The maximum sentence for the embezzlement charge … Read More ➡
Employees of Christopher and Kimberly Thompson were being had, even if most weren’t aware of it until the hammer came down. On January 26, the Thompsons, operators of a Boston-area asbestos removal company, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on 18 counts of mail fraud, 18 counts of benefit fraud and one count of embezzlement in a scheme to defraud members of a Laborers local out of more than $2 million in promised benefits. The case has all the appearances of double-breasting. Following their arrest, the couple pleaded not guilty in February and currently are free on bond. As of this writing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office website indicates no subsequent action. The actions follow a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration and Office of Inspector General.
Christopher and Kimberly Thompson, a husband-and-wife couple, now both 52, residents of Windham, New … Read More ➡