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Former AFGE Local President in Michigan Sentenced

AFGE logoOn January 5, Edward Mason, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2274, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to two years of probation and ordered to pay $21,077 in restitution and a $25 special assessment for making false statements in the financial records of the Saginaw union.  He had pleaded guilty in September.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Security Officers Treasurer in Colorado Sentenced

UGSOA logoOn January 5, Christopher Headlee, former treasurer of United Government Security Officers of America Local 50, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to one year of probation, and ordered to pay residual restitution in the amount of $1,947 (he previously paid $9,000) and a $25 special assessment, for falsifying financial data in a report submitted by the Durango-based union.  He had pleaded guilty last October.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Southern Illinois Laborers Local Bookkeeper Sentenced

LIUNA logoOn January 7, Carolyn Hall, former bookkeeper for Laborers International Union of North America Local 1197, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100 assessment for embezzling $26,491 in funds from the McLeansboro (Hamilton County), Ill.-based union.  She had pleaded guilty last August after being charged that April.  Hall previously had made full restitution.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

LIUNA Business Manager in Phoenix Pleads Guilty

LIUNA logoOn January 4, Anne Susan, former business manager of Laborers International Union of North America Local 1386, pleaded guilty in Maricopa County, Arizona Superior Court to theft, identity theft and forgery.  She had been charged with a 24-count indictment last October 5.  Charged in a 29-count indictment the same day for forgery and other offenses was former Local 1386 treasurer Therlen Benally.  The union is based in Phoenix.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Bay Area Plasterers & Cement Masons Bookkeeper Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

Plasterers & Cement Masons logoOn September 30, Maria Del Cupolo, former bookkeeper for International Association of Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 300, pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, to one count of theft from the Oakland union.  She then was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $96,842.  Following this sentence, on December 2, she received an additional one-year sentence in Alameda County jail.  Del Cupolo had been charged in January 2015 with five counts of grand theft in an amount exceeding $65,000, plus four counts of money-laundering.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Secretary of UAW-Sponsored Group in Wisconsin Sentenced

United Auto Workers logoAt least Helen Genal is remorseful.  On January 25, Genal, former secretary-treasurer of the Fox Valley Area Community Action Program, a project of the United Auto Workers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to six months in prison for embezzling $29,968 from the Oshkosh-based labor organization.  She pled guilty last November after being charged in July with one count each of embezzlement and making a false statement in union records.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Detroit Operating Engineers Ex-Boss Charged with Theft, Conspiracy

Detroit skyline at duskAnyone who believes corruption in Detroit dissipated after the multiple convictions several years ago of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick should take a hard look at International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324.  On December 16, John Hamilton, business manager-general vice president of the Detroit union during 2003-12, was indicted by a federal grand jury on nine counts relating to various schemes of self-enrichment at the expense of rank and file.  The indictment, the result of a multi-agency probe, accuses Hamilton of extortion, structuring, money-laundering, embezzlement and honest services fraud.  The charges shed light not only on Hamilton’s relationship with Mayor Kilpatrick, but at least as importantly, his relationship with convicted financial manager John Orecchio, no stranger to these pages.

AFGE Local President in New Jersey Indicted for Theft

AFGE logoOn December 18, Sharon Williams-Savage, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2425, was indicted in the Superior Court of the City of Clifton, New Jersey on two counts of misapplication of entrusted property exceeding $1,000 and one count of unlawful taking of property exceeding $500.  AFGE Local 2425 is based in East Orange, N.J., adjacent to Newark.  The indictment follows a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the New Jersey State Criminal Division.

Former Employee of Kentucky Steelworkers Local Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

Steelworkers logoOn December 15, Dawn Colley, former office employee of United Steelworkers Local 8-719, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky to concealing her theft of funds from the Ashland, Ky. union.  She then was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $4,200 in restitution, on top of the $7,446 she previously had paid, plus a $25 special assessment.  Colley had been indicted in October for embezzling $7,201.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Louisville Teamster Boss Sentenced for Theft, Cover-Up

Teamsters logoOn December 10, Jerry Vincent, formerly president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 783, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to six months of home confinement and three years of probation for embezzling $17,272.84 from the Louisville union.   He also was ordered to pay $22,251 in restitution, a sum representing an unearned vacation advance as well as the stolen funds.  Vincent had pleaded guilty last August to one count of embezzlement and 13 counts of falsifying union records following his July 2014 indictment.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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