There’s nothing wrong with a man spending money to make his lady feel special – as long as it’s his own money. Richard Dressel apparently thought little of that principle. Earlier today, a Newark, N.J. federal jury convicted Dressel, the former business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 164, on two of eight counts for his participation in various illegal schemes to benefit him, his unindicted girlfriend (and now-wife) Kathleen Libonati, and union president John DeBouter. Last November, Dressel and DeBouter were arrested and indicted for embezzling a combined roughly $350,000 from the Paramus, N.J.-based union and its Joint Apprentice Training Fund. DeBouter was relieved from trial last week after his lawyer collapsed from an aneurysm.
Union Corruption Update described this case in August. Federal prosecutors had alleged Richard “Buzzy” Dressel, now 64, a resident of Montvale, N.J., used his position as IBEW business manager to … Read More ➡
On November 1, James DeVolld, former financial secretary of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 356, pleaded no contest in Zanesville, Ohio Municipal Court to theft in the sum of $2,375 from the Zanesville-based union. He then was sentenced to 10 days in prison, two years of probation, and was ordered to make full restitution. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 28, Michael Zaborski, former secretary-treasurer for United Transportation Union Local 1962, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to five years probation for embezzling $41,226.54 in funds from the Fremont, Ohio union. He also was ordered to pay outstanding restitution in the amount of $39,829. Zaborski had been indicted in May, and pleaded guilty in June. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 29, Jacob Barkemeyer, former chairman and treasurer of Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Local Lodge 172, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico for embezzling $8,131 in funds from the Las Lunas, N.M.-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 22, Janet Posey and Linda Bland, respectively, president and former vice president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2384, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to receiving funds in an amount of less than $1,000 from the Clarksburg, W.Va.-based union and then concealing the thefts in union records. The pair had been indicted in August. The union represents employees of the Clarksburg VA Medical Center. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Janel Phillips did a lot of job-related traveling. At least that’s what her time sheets said. The reality was different. As a result, she’ll have to serve some prison time. On July 2, Phillips, an ombudsman for Legal Aid of West Virginia, a Legal Services Corp.-affiliated nonprofit group, received a 10-month sentence in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia for obtaining false reimbursements. The sentence will consist of five months each in the form of prison time and home detention. She also will have to make $85,327.74 in restitution. Phillips pled guilty on March 27.
Federal prosecutors had alleged that Phillips, now 45 and a resident of Belington, W.Va., during January 2007-May 2010 submitted false mileage claims and time sheets to obtain more than $90,000 from the federally-funded Long-Term Care Ombudsman Fund in connection with her work for Legal Aid of West Virginia. She was one of nine regional … Read More ➡
At its peak, Prim Capital Corporation managed as much as $250 million in assets on behalf of the National Basketball Players Association. Yet the people in charge of this Cleveland-area investment firm had an unorthodox, and illegal, idea on how to keep its clients. Last Thursday, November 14, Joseph Lombardo, company founder and managing director, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of mail fraud and obstruction of justice in connection with his attempt to forge signatures to retain a multi-year service contract with the players union. Two weeks earlier, on October 31, Prim Capital adviser Carolyn Kaufman was charged in a superseding indictment with perjury and obstruction of justice. These events are more than a little related to a power struggle within the New York-based association.
Union Corruption Update covered this story in detail in May. On April 25, federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced the indictment and … Read More ➡
On October 21, Shelly Roanhorse, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3601, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to one count of making false statement in the records of the Claremore (Rogers County), Okla.-based union. She had been indicted in September. AFGE Local 3601 represents employees at the federal government’s Indian Hospital in Claremore. The indictment and guilty plea follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 8, Elizabeth Branca and Laurie Hoffman, respectively, ex-business manager and bookkeeper for Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 12, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota for their role in the embezzlement of $25,456 in funds from the Roseville, Minn.-based union. Hoffman was arrested on October 24; Branca turned herself in for arrest the next day. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On October 1, Oscar Berry, former president of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union Local 284, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to a year and a day of incarceration and three years of supervised release for embezzling funds from the Longview, Tex. union in the amount of $124,181.77. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Berry had pleaded guilty in April. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡