American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

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.

AFGE Local Treasurer in Kansas Indicted for Bank Fraud

AFGE logoOn 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.

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

AFGE logoOn 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.

AFGE Local President in Upstate New York Indicted for Fraud

AFGE logoA debit card can be highly convenient, especially if the name on the card refers to a deceased individual.  William Davis has found out such a practice carries a downside.  On October 23, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Davis, ex-president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1119, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on one count of wire fraud and two counts of making false financial statements in the theft of more than $120,000 in union funds.  The union represents about 300 employees at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System’s FDR campus in Montrose, N.Y. (Westchester County).  The charges follow a joint probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General.

Former President of Alabama AFGE Local Sentenced for Thefts

AFGE logoFor Stephanie Hicks, the bill for more than a half-decade of thefts has come due.  Last Tuesday, November 17, Hicks, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2207, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama to six months in federal prison, plus six months of home detention, for embezzling more than $92,000 from the union, which represents employees at the Birmingham VA Hospital.  Hicks had pleaded guilty to bank fraud and forgery in June after being indicted for embezzling over $132,000.  The actions follow a joint investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor.    

Michigan AFGE President Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements

AFGE logoOn September 17, Edward Mason, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2274, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of making false entries in financial statements of the Saginaw-based union.  The plea follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

AFGE President in Maine Pleads Guilty to False Reporting

AFGE logoOn September 14, Mark Durinski, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 294, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine to three counts of making false statements in annual financial reports in connection with his claims of travel and other expenses for which he already had been reimbursed by his employer, the Defense Finance Accounting Service.  As part of his plea agreement, he also will have to make restitution in the amount of $53,544 to the Limestone, Maine union.  Durinski, now 63, had been charged on August 7.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Vice President of AFGE Local in Minnesota Charged with Theft

AFGE logoOn August 31, Edward Barker, former vice president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 899, was charged in the Hennepin County Court of Minnesota with one count of theft from the Minneapolis-based union in the amount of $1,790 during March 2013-July 2013.  The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local President in Texas Sentenced for Theft

AFGE logoOn September 9, Paul Florez, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3922, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to 180 days of home confinement and five years of probation for stealing from the El Paso-based union, which represents employees at the local VA Hospital.  He also was ordered to pay $44,878 in restitution and a $5,000 fine.  Florez had pleaded guilty in June after being charged last December with theft in the amount of $59,709.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local Bosses in Minnesota Charged with Theft

AFGE logoThe alleged amounts may be modest, but they amount to a twofer all the same.  On August 31, Dean Johnson, former president of the Minneapolis-based American Federation of Government Employees Local 899, was charged in Hennepin County Court of Minnesota with theft in the sum of $2,036.  That same day Edward Barker, former Local 899 vice president, was charged in the same court with theft in the sum of $1,790.  The alleged thefts by Johnson occurred during January 2013-August 2013, while those by Barker occurred during March 2013-July 2013.  The charges follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Minneapolis Airport Police.

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