For 17 years, Raymond Fujii routed client money to his own pockets. But the deception couldn’t be maintained forever. On May 13, Fujii, formerly executive director for the Painting & Decorating Contractors Association of Hawaii, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii to 42 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conducting an elaborate fraud scheme against the association and a related Painters union entity, the Hawaii Painters Trade Promotion & Charity Fund, that totaled nearly $1.5 million. He also had been charged with federal income tax evasion. Fujii had pleaded guilty on January 27, one week after being charged. The actions follow a joint probe by the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Raymond Fujii, now 68, a resident of Kailua, Hawaii, performed services for both management and labor. On one hand, he was executive … Read More ➡
On April 6, Robert Tuttle Jr., former president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 173, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida to making false entries in financial records of the Bradenton-based union for the purpose of concealing his embezzlement of about $11,275. He had been indicted last December on four counts of embezzlement totaling $4,857 and one count of false record-keeping. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On April 6, James Coffey, former president of United Steelworkers Local 5-887, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to two years of probation for embezzling funds from the Newell, W.Va.-based union in the amount of $6,260. He already paid $7,419 in restitution prior to sentencing. Coffey had pleaded guilty in January after being indicted last October for embezzling $7,098. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On April 5, Daniel Ternitsky, former financial secretary of United Mine Workers Local 285, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on one count of embezzling $10,680 in funds from the Allison, Pa.-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
At United Steelworkers Local 13-669, theft apparently is a family affair. On April 5, Jason Leach and Jeremy Leach, respectively, president and secretary-treasurer of the Pryor Creek (northeast of Tulsa), Okla. union, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma for acts of theft. Jason Leach, 32, a resident of Locust Grove, was charged with nine counts of embezzling $2,524; his brother, Jeremy Leach, 35, also a resident of Locust Grove, was charged with 12 counts of embezzling $3,111. The indictments follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
The Obama administration sees it as the middle class getting a raise. The details suggest it’s a demotion. On May 18, the Department of Labor published a final rule hiking the annual income ceiling for overtime pay eligibility of salaried employees from $23,660 to $47,476. Set to go into effect December 1, the regulation would benefit an estimated 4.2 million workers. However, it also may produce unintended consequences such as: loss of scheduling flexibility; pay cuts; benefit cuts; fewer work hours per week; higher employer compliance costs; and needless litigation. A group of lawmakers, led by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., have responded with bills to nullify the rule and make it difficult for the DOL to offer a substitute.
The mandate originated with an executive order from President Obama on March 13, 2014. Obama had directed the Labor Department, pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards … Read More ➡
On April 11, Susan Haugen, former treasurer of the South Dakota chapter of the American Postal Workers of America, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment for embezzling $30,782 in funds from the Huron, S.D. association. She had pleaded guilty this February after being indicted on three counts in November 2014 for theft of more than $36,000. Haugen previously paid restitution in the amount of $38,234. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On April 4, Bonita Scherling, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 7970, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court of Oregon, County of Hood River, to one count of forgery and one count of identity theft from the Hood River-based union. She then was sentenced to five years of probation and 120 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay $19,386 in restitution and a $500 fine. Scherling had been indicted last October on one count each of theft and forgery, and two counts of identity theft. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On March 30, Oscar Luevano, former financial secretary-treasurer of Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Local Lodge 5050, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to embezzling $132,939 in funds from the Covina (Los Angeles County)-based union. He had been charged five days earlier. TCU is an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On March 28, Stanley Buchanan, former president of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 493, pleaded guilty in Smith County (Tex.) Court to unauthorized use of a credit card issued by the Tyler-based union. He then was sentenced to deferred adjudication, placed in community supervision for three years, and ordered to pay $6,406 in restitution and $348 in court costs. Smith had been charged last December with credit card fraud in the amount of $7,776. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡