American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

West Virginia AFGE Local Officials Sentenced for Thefts

AFGE logoOn March 6, Janet Posey and Linda Bland, respectively, the former president and vice president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2384, were sentenced in U.S. District for the Northern District of West Virginia, for stealing funds in an amount of less than $1,000 from the Clarksburg, W.Va.-based union and then concealing the thefts in union records. Each had pled guilty last October after being indicted in August. Posey previously had made full restitution in the amount of $3,026; Bland was ordered to pay $947 in restitution plus a $250 fine. AFGE Local 2384 represents employees of the Clarksburg VA Medical Center. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local Treasurer in Oklahoma Sentenced

AFGE logoOn January 28, Shelly Roanhorse, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3601, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to three years of probation and ordered to pay $4,565 in restitution for making false statements in the financial records of the Claremore, Okla.-based union. She had pleaded guilty in October after being indicted in September. AFGE Local 3601 represents employees at the federal Indian Hospital in Claremore. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former Chicago-Area AFGE President Pleads Guilty to Fraud

AFGE logoOn January 28, James Charleston, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2107, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count of mail fraud. The union is based in North Chicago (Lake County), Ill., and represents employees of that city's VA Medical Center. Charleston originally had been indicted in July 2012, along with local officials Jacquelyn Pugh-Rodgers and Mary Craigen, with one count of embezzlement and two counts of mail fraud. In August 2013, he was charged in a superseding indictment with four counts of mail fraud and one count of theft of government property. Pugh-Rodgers already had pleaded guilty last March, and was sentenced in July for mail fraud in an amount of more than $35,000. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former AFGE Local President in Nebraska Charged

AFGE logoOn December 12, Mark Whetstone, former president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3928 and AFGE Leadership Council 119, was charged in the Criminal Court of Lancaster County, Nebraska, with theft by deception in an amount of more than $1,500 from the Lincoln, Neb.-based local. The leadership council is based in Humble (near Houston), Texas. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE President in Florida Panhandle Sentenced for Wire Fraud

AFGE logoDanny Hubbard headed his union for two years. That proved to be enough time to generate a substantial illegal side income. On November 20, Hubbard, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1380, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida to 30 months in prison for stealing more than $90,000 from the Panama City, Fla. union, and was ordered to pay full restitution. He had pleaded guilty to wire fraud in August after being charged in November 2012. The union represents Naval Support Activity employees in Panama City.

AFGE President in New York City Sentenced for Embezzlement

AFGE logoOn November 1, Federck Petro, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2094, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to six months of home confinement and three years of probation for embezzling $112,477 from the Manhattan union, which represents VA hospital employees. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Petro, who had served as local president during February 2006-July 2008, wrote nearly 200 unauthorized union checks for his own benefit. He had been arrested in December 2011, and pleaded guilty in February of this year following a joint probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Veterans Affairs Department's Office of Inspector General.

President, Vice President of West Virginia AFGE Local Plead Guilty

AFGE logoOn 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.

Oklahoma AFGE Local Treasurer Pleads Guilty to False Record-Keeping

AFGE logoOn 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.

Texas AFGE Local President Pleads No Contest to Theft

AFGE logoOn October 11, W.D. Whiting, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1757, pleaded no contest in the 187th Judicial District Court of Bexar County, Texas, to one count of theft in the sum of between $500 and $1,500. He had been charged in February of stealing between $1,500 and $20,000 from the San Antonio union. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local President in Texas Sentenced for Theft

AFGE logoOn September 30, Roberto Macias Jr., former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2759, was sentenced in the 4th Judicial District Court, County of Rusk, Texas, to three years of probation for theft from the El Paso-based union. He also was ordered to pay $2,775 in restitution. Macias had been charged with felony theft in the amount of $2,800 last November following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor Department Standards.

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