The violence may be a memory, but there is now a welcome reminder of the consequences. Last Thursday, December 8, a St. Louis County, Mo. jury found a young black male, Jeffrey Williams, guilty on six criminal counts related to the malicious gun wounding of two unnamed police officers in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in March 2015. The incident occurred during a street rally organized by the radical social media network, Black Lives Matter, to protest the shooting death of an “unarmed” black male, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson cop the previous August. A grand jury months later had decided the evidence was insufficient to indict the officer, an announcement that triggered destructive rioting. Reprehensible as the rioting and shootings were, the Obama administration tacitly encouraged this behavior.
If any one event underscores the futility of achieving a ‘post-racial’ society in contemporary America, the death of Michael … Read More ➡
In the world of organized labor, debt accumulation all too often leads to embezzlement. Jeffrey Magelitz is a clear-cut case. On Tuesday, December 6, Magelitz, former treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 415, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to two years of probation, six months of home detention and 100 hours of community service for embezzling around $30,000 from the union, which represents employees at the Vienna Correctional Center (Johnson County), Illinois. He had pleaded guilty in August after being indicted last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Jeffrey Magelitz, now in his mid-40s, a resident of Chester, Ill., for years had provided counseling to inmates at the Vienna facility. Unfortunately, he could have used some debt counseling. He and his wife had accumulated about $225,000 in debt, … Read More ➡
On November 7, Bernadine Bell, former treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 757, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to 30 days of incarceration and three years of supervised release for embezzling $73,000 in funds from the Detroit union. She also was ordered to pay $55,600 in restitution on top of the $17,400 she already paid, plus a $100 special assessment. Bell had pleaded guilty in July after being charged in June. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡
On October 25, Laura Cloyd, former financial secretary of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Local 112, was sentenced in Campbell County, Kentucky Circuit Court to three years of diversion and ordered to pay $1,669 in restitution for theft of funds from the Alexandria, Ky.-based union. She had pleaded guilty in September after being indicted in July. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 25, Roy Murray, former president of Transport Workers Union Local 2014, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to two years of probation for making a false entry in financial records of the Chicago union. He also was ordered to pay $31,111 in restitution and a special assessment of $25, plus serve 80 hours of community service. Murray had pleaded guilty on July 25, one week after being charged. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Assane Faye was quick to lend a helping hand. It was a perfect opportunity to help himself. On November 25, Faye, founder and former president of the United Security and Police Officers of America (USPOA), was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling at least $350,000 in funds from the Washington, D.C.-based union. He also was ordered to make full restitution. Faye had been convicted by a jury this May on two counts of embezzlement and seven counts of unemployment insurance fraud after being indicted nearly two years ago. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.
Union Corruption Update described this case several months ago. According to prosecutors, Faye, 61, a Senegalese immigrant residing in Toms River, N.J., starting in … Read More ➡
On October 26, Charles Burke, former treasurer of Utility Workers Union of America Local 365, was sentenced to three years of probation in Nassau County (N.Y.) District Court for embezzling $111,000 from the Valley Stream-based union, which represents employees of American Water. He also was ordered to pay the remaining $37,000 in restitution. Burke had pleaded guilty to larceny and fraud in April following his arraignment in March. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 18, Jared Henson, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 420, was charged in the Circuit Court of Preston County, West Virginia with two counts of embezzlement in an amount exceeding $1,000 and one count of falsifying records to cover up the thefts from the Bruceton Mills-based union, which represents employees of Hazelton federal prison. Henson, 40, is a resident of Frostburg, Md. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡
On October 24, Devon Madray, president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 119, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of embezzling $20,097 in funds from the Roseville (suburban Detroit) union. He had been indicted in July. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
It was one of the stranger union scams, stretching from suburban Washington, D.C. to the Arab nation of Qatar. And the defendants reaped what they sowed. On November 1, Anthony Frederick Sr., former business manager of Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 657, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to fraud and theft charges in connection with the diversion of over $1.7 million in funds from the Washington, D.C.-based union to a suburban Maryland firm, STS General Contracting. Three weeks later, on November 22, STS owner Gary Cooper was convicted by a Washington trial jury on similar charges. A Maryland real estate agent, Christopher Kwegan, previously had pleaded guilty in the case. The convictions follow indictments handed down in October 2015.
LIUNA Local 657 represents roughly 1,500 construction workers in the Washington, D.C. area. It also for a while served as a source … Read More ➡