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IBEW Financial Secretary in Texas Indicted for Embezzlement

IBEW logoOn January 15, James Jones, former business manager and financial secretary of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 898, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on one count of embezzlement of $11,551 in funds from the San Angelo union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Marine Engineers Beneficial Association Employee Indicted

Marine engineer at workOn January 14, Kenneth Marshall Jr., an employee of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on one count of bank theft and one count of aiding and abetting theft of $18,851 in funds from District 1 of the AFL-CIO-affiliated union. The indictment follows a joint probe by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Boilermakers Secretary-Treasurer of Kansas Local Charged

On January 10, Stephanie Johnson, former secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Lodge 465D, was charged in the Oklahoma County Court for District 7 with one count of forgery from the Kansas City, Kan. union. A warrant subsequently was issued for her arrest. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Maintenance of Way Secretary-Treasurer in Tennessee Indicted

Maintenance of Way Employees logoOn January 9, Henry Hull Jr., former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division Lodge 654, an affiliate of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on one count of embezzling $8,240 in funds from the Southaven, Miss. (Memphis area)-based union. The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Treasurer of Civilian Technicians Affiliate in Tennessee Indicted

civilian technicians On January 9, Don McMahon, former treasurer of Civilian Technicians Association Independent, Tennessee State Council for Air, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on eight counts of wire fraud against the Memphis-based union totaling $3,543. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

IBEW President in Upstate New York Sentenced for Records Fraud

IBEW logo On January 9, Mark Valerio, former president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 249 and executive board member of IBEW System Council U-7, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York to one year of probation and 500 hours of community service for making false entries in union financial records to cover up embezzlement. The local is based in Geneva, N.Y. and the council is based in Johnson City, N.Y. Valerio also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $39,049 and a $500 fine. He had pleaded guilty in September. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Illinois CWA Local Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

CWA logoOn January 8, Natasha Bever, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 4202, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling funds from the Rantoul, Ill. (near Champaign-Urbana) union. She also was ordered to pay the remaining $55,759 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Bever had been indicted in January 2013 on one count of embezzlement in the amount of $117,378, and pleaded guilty in June to stealing $149,404. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Steelworkers Financial Secretary in Pennsylvania Sentenced

Steelworkers logoOn January 7, Michael Pontician, former financial secretary for United Steelworkers Local 480, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to two years of probation for falsifying union financial records in an effort to conceal his embezzlement of funds from the Pottsville (Schuylkill County), Pa.-based union. He also was ordered pay restitution in the amount of $2,626. Pontician had pleaded guilty in August. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's of Labor-Management Standards.

ATU Pressures Congress to Mandate Overtime Pay for Intercity Bus Drivers; Avoids Key Issues

Greyhound coach busIt's a common news story these days: A bus on the highway crashes, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries. And the official cause is "driver fatigue." Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., backed by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the AFL-CIO, has a bill, the Driver Fatigue Prevention Act (S.487), to reduce such tragedies by extending the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime pay provisions to intercity bus drivers. For over 50 years the Department of Transportation has precluded overtime laws from applying to such travel. The ATU in recent weeks has stepped up pressure for passage of the bill, unveiled last March.

Kentucky Steelworkers Local Secretary Sentenced for Theft

Steelworkers logoOn December 19, Mark Gilbert, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 805, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky to 60 days in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for embezzlement of $8,467.10 in funds from the Florence, Ky.-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Gilbert had been indicted last June, and pleaded guilty in August. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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