American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

AFGE Secretary-Treasurer in Indiana Charged with Theft

AFGE logoOn June 22, Carlton Woodcox, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2150, was charged in Dubois County Superior Court (Indiana) on two information counts of theft totaling $32,787.  He then was arrested on June 24.  Woodcox, 56, a resident of Jasper, allegedly made unauthorized ATM withdrawals from a union account on 117 separate occasions.  The local represents employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for various plants in southern Indiana.  The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Secretary-Treasurer in North Carolina Pleads Guilty

AFGE logoOn June 13, Benjamin Stancil, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 451, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to four counts of wire fraud against the Havelock, N.C. (near New Bern) union.  He had been charged in February.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Alaska AFGE President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Alaska RailroadOn June 7, Jeffrey Davies, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 183, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska to one count of embezzling more than $90,000 in funds from the Anchorage-based union.  He had been indicted last December for stealing more than $100,000.  The union represents employees of the Alaska Railroad, which, though not formally a government agency, is a state-chartered and owned corporation.  The indictment and guilty plea follow a joint probe by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Ex-President in Maine Sentenced for Concealment

AFGE logoMark Durinski has repaid around half of what he stole.  That helped reduce his punishment.  On May 17, Durinski, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 294, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine to one month in prison and three years of supervised release for making false statements in financial records of the Limestone, Maine-based union to conceal duplicate reimbursements.  He had been charged last August, and subsequently pleaded guilty to three counts in September, following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Washington, D.C. AFGE Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Theft

AFGE logoOn May 3, Marcella Champion, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1831, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of theft in the amount of $4,130 from the Washington, D.C.-based federal security employees union.  She had been charged last November.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Kansas AFGE Local Treasurer Sentenced for Fraud

AFGE logoOn May 4, Shelly Sutton, former treasurer for American Federation of Government Employees Local 477, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas to three months in prison and three months of supervised release for one count of bank fraud.  She also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $78,778.  Sutton had pleaded guilty in February to stealing $93,094 from the Wichita-based union, which represents employees at the local VA hospital, after being indicted last November.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New York AFGE President Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

AFGE logoA deceased fellow union member was William Davis’ ticket to the good life.  It now might be his ticket to prison.  On April 6, Davis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1119, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to one count of wire fraud in connection with his theft of funds from the Montrose (Westchester County), N.Y. union.  The local represents employees of the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System’s FDR Campus.  He had been indicted last October for wire fraud and making false statements in union financial records following a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Office of Inspector General.

AFGE President in Alaska Indicted for Embezzlement

Alaska railroadJeffrey Davies ran a railroad workers union.  His union brothers probably wish he would take a one-way trip to somewhere else.  On December 16, Davies, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 183, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on one count of embezzlement in excess of $100,000 in funds from the Anchorage-based union.  Though members are not government agency employees, their employer is the Alaska Railroad, a corporation owned by the State of Alaska.  This status has enabled the union to affiliate with the AFGE.  The indictment follows a joint investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Treasurer in North Carolina Charged with Fraud

AFGE logoOn February 23, Benjamin Stancil, secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 451, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in a four-count information with wire fraud against the Havelock, N.C. (near New Bern) union.  The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Treasurer in Kansas Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

AFGE logoShelly Sutton spent a lot of time stealing from her union.  She’s now likely to do some hard time.  On February 17, Sutton, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 477, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas to one count of bank fraud in the amount of $93,094.  The Wichita-based union represents employees at the local VA hospital.  She had been indicted last November for stealing $65,000 in union funds.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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