American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

Former Secretary-Treasurer of Denver-Area AFGE Local Indicted

AFGE logoOn June 3, Aide Spade, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 709, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado on four counts of concealing union disbursements to her. The Littleton-based union represents employees of the Colorado state prison system. The indictment comes six years after an audit by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards (see pdf) showed a lack of documentation by Spade of credit card and other supposedly union-related expenses.

President, Secretary Sentenced for Theft from Chicago-Area AFGE Local

AFGE logoOn May 23, James Charleston, ex-president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2107, was sentenced in federal court to a year and a day in prison, to be followed by 18 months of supervised release, for defrauding the North Chicago union. He also was ordered to pay $102,784 in restitution. Charleston had pleaded guilty in January of this year after being charged in July 2012. Nearly two weeks later, on June 5, Mary Craigen, former local secretary-treasurer, was sentenced to 90 days of home confinement, two years of probation, and 200 hours of community service for theft. She also was ordered to pay $8,975 in restitution. Craigen had pleaded guilty in November 2012 after being charged four months earlier. Ex-Local Vice President Jacquelyn Pugh-Rodgers already had pleaded guilty in March 2013, and was sentenced that July for mail fraud in an amount exceeding $35,000. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New Jersey Local AFGE Ex-Office Employee Indicted for Theft

AFGE logoOn March 25, Michelle Garber, former office employee of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1778, was indicted in the State of New Jersey, County of Burlington, on charges of theft by deception, misapplication of entrusted property, and elements of computer theft from the Wrightstown, N.J.-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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.

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