Illinois Local AFSCME Treasurer Indicted for Embezzlement

afscme-logoJeffrey Magelitz managed the finances of a union representing prison employees. Now he may wind up one of its inmates. On November 18, Magelitz, former treasurer of Local 415 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for embezzlement and theft, and for concealment of these acts in a union financial report. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Magelitz, 44, a resident of Chester (Randolph County), Ill., served as treasurer of AFSCME Local 415 during January 2012-June 2013. Prosecutors charge that this was enough time for him to have embezzled $30,811.96 in funds from the union, which represents employees at the Vienna Correction Center in Vienna (Johnson County), Ill. Moreover, he allegedly prepared and cashed unauthorized union checks for himself, forging the signatures of the local president and … Read More ➡

Ex-Boston Teamster Convicted of Extortion; Pleads Guilty to Benefit Fraud

Teamsters logoJames “Jimmy the Bull” Deamicis wasn’t the only bad apple in International Brotherhood of Teamster Local 82.  But the authorities weren’t about to let him get away.  On November 17, Deamicis, former shop steward for the local, was found guilty by a jury in Boston federal court on three counts of extortion.  Less than two weeks later, he pled guilty to fraudulently receiving more than $40,000 in unemployment benefits.  Deamicis had been indicted in September 2012 along with three other members of the local on 30 separate counts of racketeering, extortion, mail fraud and other crimes against local businesses, especially exhibitors at Boston-area trade shows.  The actions follow a joint probe by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Labor, and Boston police.

Union Corruption Update has covered the saga of the Boston-based Teamsters Local 82 on more than one occasion.  A four-man union shakedown operation, led by John Perry, … Read More ➡

Postal Workers Ex-Local President in Indiana Sentenced

postal-workers-logoOn November 16, Pamela Nessen, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 286, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to six months of home confinement and one year of probation for embezzling $58,598 in funds from the Fort Wayne-based union.  She had pleaded guilty in June after being indicted in November 2014.  She also was ordered to pay $58,087 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

VW Maintenance Workers in Chattanooga to Join Union; Automaker Appeals

vwWhen the United Auto Workers in April 2014 gave up on its bid to unionize hourly workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga two months after its ballot defeat, then-President Bob King intimated the union would be back.  It’s a lot more than an intimation now.  On December 4, robotics and other machine maintenance workers at the facility voted 108-44 in favor of UAW representation.  The National Labor Relations Board a week earlier had approved a union request for an election.  Unlike the last time, VW is not siding with the union.  Even before the vote, the German automaker had announced its intent to appeal the NLRB ruling.  The victorious workers are but a fraction of all employees, but they are celebrating all the same.  And the NLRB remains very much in the picture.

For decades, the United Auto Workers have viewed the South as prime organizing territory.  … Read More ➡

Steelworkers Secretary in Missouri Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

On October 30, Jackie Nutter, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 15485, pleaded guilty in the Greene County, Missouri Circuit Court to one count of theft of $12,284 of funds from the Springfield-based union.  She then was sentenced to five years (suspended) in prison and five years of probation.  Nutter, who already had paid full restitution, had been charged with theft in September 2014.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFGE Local Treasurer in Kansas Indicted for Bank Fraud

afge logo_0On November 10, Shelly Sutton, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 477, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas on one count of bank fraud in the amount of $65,000 from the union, which represents employees at the VA hospital in Wichita. Sutton, 46, a resident of Augusta, Kan., allegedly did the following: forged check signatures; made unauthorized cash withdrawals; made unauthorized electronic payments to personal creditors; and used the union debit card to buy personal items. The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Transit Police Union President in NYC Sentenced for Fraud

John Earvin used union funds to pay for personal expenses, much of it gambling-related. Now he’s about to pay a debt to society. On November 10, Earvin, formerly president of the United Federation of Law Enforcement Officers (UFLEO), was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to six months of home confinement, three years of probation and 600 hours of community service for embezzling funds from the Bellerose (Nassau County), N.Y.-based union. He also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $28,012. Earvin had pleaded guilty in June after being arrested and indicted on one count of wire fraud in March. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Earvin, a resident of New Rochelle (Westchester County), N.Y., during February 2007-April 2010 had been president of UFLEO, which represents Special Inspectors for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. During much of this time, argued Read More ➡

Secretary-Treasurer of Washington, D.C. AFGE Local Charged

afge logo_0On November 6, Marcella Champion, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1831, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with one count of theft from the Washington, D.C. union in the amount of $4,130. The local represents federal security employees. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Former Amtrak Union Treasurer in New York Sentenced

Fraternal Order of Police logoFor Eric Givens, being an Amtrak cop was an opportunity to steal union funds as well as protect the public. That’s why he’s now about to embark on a trip of a different sort. On November 12, Givens, former secretary-treasurer of Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 189 and the Amtrak Police Labor Committee, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to 16 months in prison and three months of supervised release for embezzling a combined more than $100,000 in funds from the two New York-based labor organizations. He also was ordered to pay about $127,000 in restitution and forfeit another roughly $12,000. Givens had pleaded guilty in June following his arrest and indictment a year earlier.

Prosecutors had alleged that Givens, a resident of East Stroudsburg, Pa., an Amtrak security officer since 1997 and local secretary-treasurer since 2003, began to steal funds in … Read More ➡

Oregon CWA Local Secretary-Treasurer Indicted

Communications Workers logoOn October 30, Bonita Scherling, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 7970, was indicted in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon, County of Hood River, on one count of theft, one count of forgery and two counts of identity theft in relation to her position at the Hood River-based union.  The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡