Laborers Local Treasurer in Arizona Sentenced for Fraud

liuna logoOn March 4, Therlen Benally, former treasurer of Laborers International Union of North America Local 1386, was sentenced in the Superior Court of Maricopa County (Ariz.) to three years of probation for theft from the Phoenix-based health care workers union.  She also was ordered to pay $1,220 in restitution and $215 in special assessments.  Benally had pleaded guilty in January after being indicted on 29 counts last October.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Atlanta-Area Maintenance of Way Treasurer Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

maintenance of way employees _bmwe_ logoOn March 4, Nathan Lee, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Local 536, pleaded guilty in Fulton County District Court to theft of funds from the Suwanee, Ga.-based union in the sum of $4,098.  He then was sentenced to five years of probation.  The guilty plea and sentence follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Washington, D.C. Iron Workers Business Manager Indicted for Kickbacks

Iron Workers logoJuan Carlos Recinos had quite a scam going. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to hide it for very long. On March 3, Recinos, business manager and secretary-treasurer for International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 201, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on seven counts of taking $18,700 in kickbacks over several months from employees on the false premise that the workers had to cover unspecified legal bills. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Iron Workers Local 201 represents public works employees known as “rodmen.” Their job is to set rebar into concrete forms at construction sites in Washington, D.C.  One of those sites is the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, owned by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. Juan Carlos Recinos, local business manager and … Read More ➡

ILA Local Financial Secretary in Texas Pleads Guilty

Longshoremen's logo On February 19, Elmer Ray Booker, former financial secretary of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1530, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to one count of embezzlement of funds from the Houston-based union in the amount of $42,018.  Booker had been charged in March 2015.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Latest Sharpton Confab Rakes in Corporate and Union Dough

Al Sharpton, shakedown artist extraordinaire, never has lacked energy in advancing the profile of his New York-based nonprofit, National Action Network (NAN). Thanks to corporations and unions, he isn’t lacking cash either. Last week, during April 13-16, NAN held its annual convention at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in Manhattan. The fundraising event, featuring speeches by Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, plus nearly 30 panel discussions, gave attendees what they came for: a mix of black grievance politics and socialist economics. If Sharpton’s corporate donors ever take time off from Celebrating Diversity, they might reconsider this odd partnership.

National Legal and Policy Center over the years repeatedly has emphasized that Reverend Al Sharpton’s ascension to the status of the nation’s most influential civil rights leader is the product of image self-reinvention. During the Eighties and Nineties, he was perceived – and rightly so – as a boorish, … Read More ➡

University of Kansas Capitulates to Black Radicals

bernadette-gray-little-ku-chancellor-200x192If there is anything Black Lives Matter activists might enjoy even more than a downtown rally, it’s a campus rally. The social media-driven network of incendiary racial politicians is now a presence at colleges and universities across the U.S., conducting “anti-racist” campaigns against chosen targets. Case in point: the University of Kansas. Since November, black students at Kansas, inspired by BLM, have intimidated people they deem racist, aware that the feckless administration will do next to nothing to discourage them. The catalyst for all this was a claim by a black co-ed that several white males assaulted her at an off-campus Halloween party and that local police brushed off her complaint. Evidence suggests this was a hoax. The larger issue is academic freedom – and not just at KU.

The higher education gambit by Black Lives Matter, also known by the Twitter hashtag “#BlackLivesMatter,” requires context. For the group’s influence … Read More ➡

AFGE President in Alaska Indicted for Embezzlement

Alaska railroadJeffrey Davies ran a railroad workers union. His union brothers probably wish he would take a one-way trip to somewhere else. On December 16, Davies, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 183, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on one count of embezzlement in excess of $100,000 in funds from the Anchorage-based union. Though members are not government agency employees, their employer is the Alaska Railroad, a corporation owned by the State of Alaska. This status has enabled the union to affiliate with the AFGE. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Prosecutors allege that during 2011-14, Davies, 41, a resident of Wasilla, used his position to steal more than $100,000 through cash withdrawals, checks and a union-issued debit card. The affidavit did not provide further details about how much was … Read More ➡

President of Security Workers Local in Houston Sentenced for Embezzlement

spfpaOn March 1, Cynthia Angulo, former president of the Currency and Security Handlers Association, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 10 months of confinement, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling $61,272 in funds from the Houston union.  She also was ordered to pay full restitution.  Angulo had pleaded guilty in August.  The union is an affiliate of the Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA).  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Elevator Constructors Business Agent in New York Sentenced

Elevator Constructors logoOn February 26, Patrick Rommevaux, former business representative for International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 62, was sentenced in Onondaga County Court, N.Y. to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, for grand larceny in the amount of $16,545 from the Syracuse-based union.  He previously made full restitution.  Rommevaux had pleaded guilty in December immediately after being indicted.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFGE Treasurer in North Carolina Charged with Fraud

afge logo_0On February 23, Benjamin Stancil, secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 451, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in a four-count information with wire fraud against the Havelock, N.C. (near New Bern) union.  The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡