A Dubuque postal union official has been charged with embezzlement and theft of labor union assets.Debra Herrig, 47, was charged Feb. 7 in the U.S. Dist. Court in Cedar Rapids.The U.S. attorney's office said Herrig allegedly stole money and other assets from the American Postal Workers Union Local 2339 from about October 1996 until about August 2002.
On November 11, 2004, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Joy Torrance, former office secretary of Local 1094, Carpenters, pled guilty to embezzling $31,640.02 in union funds. An indictment filed on July 28, 2004, alleged that Torrance created and cashed unauthorized checks to herself and other third parties from the union's checking, savings, and money market accounts. In addition, the indictment alleged that Torrance used the union's credit card without authorization.
On August 25, in the Superior Crt. of Wash. for Snohomish County, Dorothy Weber, ex- bookkeeper for the Northwest Sheet Metal Wrkrs. Organization Trust, was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for five counts of first degree theft. She was ordered to pay restitution of $542,778 and a victim assessment in the amount of $500. Weber was charged on May 7, following a joint investigation by the Seattle Dist. Ofc.of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards, the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Inspector General ofc. and the Employee Benefit Security Admin. [OLMS, 9/3/04]
Frmr. Secy.-Treasurer Confesses to Falsification in NY Fed. Court
On July 8, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the West. Dist. of Wash., Linda Stewart, frmr. secy.-treasurer of Graphic Communications Local 182-C (now known as Local 767-M), was sentenced to 5 yrs. supervised probation with 6 mos. to be spent in home detention with electronic monitoring. Stewart was also ordered to pay $65,005 in restitution. Stewart pled guilty on Feb. 6, 2004, to a 1 count information charging her with embezzlement. The conviction follows an investigation by the Seattle Dist. Ofc. of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards and the Dept. of Labor's Ofc.
On May 17, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Dist. of Colo., Barbara Ann Hayes, frmr. bookkeeper and ofc. secy. for United Food & Commercial Wrkrs. Local 990, was indicted on 35 counts of embezzling $27,248.82 in union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the Denver Dist. Ofc. of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 6/1/04]
Two northern Ill. union officials were indicted on Jan. 27 on charges of labor racketeering in connection with union pensions.Acc. to the indictment, filed in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for Nor.Ill., the two accepted 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycles from an administrative services company in exchange for their steering contracts paid for by 2 pension plans to that company.
Allan Spates failed to show up at the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Nor. Dist. for Ohio on Jan. 12 for a scheduled hearing, and a judge has ordered his arrest on charges on union embezzlement.The frmr. president of Local 5-1250 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Wrkrs. union (PACE) was indicted last Dec. for embezzling nearly $30,000 and falsifying union records to hide his alleged theft.According to U.S. Marshall Pete Elliott, His Cleveland home is empty except for some children's toys in the back yard.Spates is married and has five children.He is being sought on a new charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.His wife was an employee of the Cleveland Plain Dealer until her resignation on Jan. 23.[Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2/6/04]
Kevin J. O'Connor, U.S. Attny. for the Dist. of Conn. announced on Jan. 26 the indictment and arrest of Allen Cahill on charges of embezzling union funds and willfully failing to keep union records.The two-count indictment was filed by a Grand Jury sitting in New Haven on Oct. 7, 2003, but was kept sealed until Cahill was arrested.
Allan Spates was indicted on Dec. 22 on charges that he embezzled $29,746 from the union he formerly served as president.He is also charged with falsifying the financial disclosure form he filed for the union with the U.S. Dept. of Labor.Spates was president of Local 5-1250 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Wrkrs. union (PACE) in Ravenna, Ohio.From at least Jan. 2000 through Oct. 2001, Spates allegedly pocketed members' dues payments, used the Union's debit card for personal purchases, made false claims of lost time for which the Union compensated him, and obtained unauthorized reimbursements from the Union.
U.S. Dist. Judge James Carr (U.S.D.C. N.D. OH, Clinton) sentenced Barbara Ryan to 15 mos. in prison on Dec. 2 for embezzling $117,734 from the union she served as secy./treasurer from 1992-2000. She was also sentenced for using her job in the payroll dept. of the BP Chemicals plant in Lima to steal $33,578. Ryan's attny. claimed that she has repaid all of the funds she embezzled from Local 626 of the Allied Industrial, Chem. & Energy Workers union (PACE), and BP Chemicals. [Lima News 12/3/02]
NYC Developer Sentenced for Obstruction in $10 Million Fraud Probe On Nov. 22, Edward Carroll, a prominent figure in construction development in New York City and the vice pres. of 2 BW Development, was sentenced in U.S. Dist. Ct. for the E. Dist. of NY for obstruction of justice. The charges were filed in connection with Carroll's appearance before a federal grand jury on Dec. 11, 2001 and Jan. 8, 2002, where he provided false information to the grand jury.