American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

AFGE Local Secretary-Treasurer in Colorado Sentenced

AFGE logoOn May 11, Aide Spade, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 709, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to three years of probation for making false statements in financial records of the Littleton (suburban Denver)-based union to conceal her thefts.  She also was ordered to pay $14,234 in restitution on top of the $44,935 in restitution she already paid, plus a $5,000 fine.  Spade had pleaded guilty to one count of concealment in October after being indicted on four counts in June.  AFGE Local 709 represents Colorado prison system employees.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Inspector General.

AFGE Local President in Indiana Pleads Guilty to Theft

AFGE logoOn March 30, Curtis Bullick, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3254, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to theft of property of an unspecified amount from the Bunker Hill, Ind.-based union.  Bullick had been charged on March 13 following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

President of Kansas AFGE Local Sentenced for Embezzlement

AFGE logoTimothy Sanchez couldn’t maintain the ruse forever.  And he’s beginning a sentence because of that.  On March 5, Sanchez, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 906, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas to 18 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for embezzling more than $51,000 from the union, which represents about 200 employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Health Resource Center in Topeka, Kan. and Waco, Texas.  He also will have to make restitution in the amount of $50,156, a sum slightly less than what he took.

AFGE President in Alabama Indicted for Embezzlement

Stephanie Hicks wrote lots of checks from her union accoAFGE logounts.  The problem is that they didn’t always go to cover union expenses.  Hicks, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2207, was arrested and charged on March 11 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District Of Alabama with embezzling more than $132,000 in funds from the union, which represents VA hospital employees in Birmingham.  She had been indicted by a grand jury in February for bank fraud, forgery and aggravated identity theft.  The charges follow a joint probe by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Ex-AFGE President in El Paso Indicted for Theft

AFGE logoOn December 10, Paul Florez, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3922, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas with intent to steal property in the amount of $59,709. The union represents VA Hospital employees in El Paso. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Wisconsin AFGE Local President Pleads No Contest; Sentenced

AFGE logoOn November 5, Christopher Zawikowski, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3495, pleaded no contest in the Adams County, Wisconsin District Court to one count of theft in an amount of less than $2,500 from the Grand Marsh, Wisc.-based union. He then was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to pay $1,400 in restitution. Zawikowski had been charged in July 2013. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local President in Tennessee Charged with Fraud

AFGE logoOn October 15, Shiryll Durham, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1687, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee with two counts of mail fraud totaling $2,651 against the Mountain Home (a section of Johnson City), Tenn. union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Denver-Area AFGE Local Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty

AFGE logoOn October 14, Aide Spade, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 709, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to one count of entering false statements in financial records of the Littleton union to conceal her thefts. The union represents employees of the Colorado state prison system. Spade had been indicted on four separate counts in June following an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

President of AFGE Local in Nebraska Sentenced for Theft

AFGE logoOn September 19, Mark Whetstone, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3928, was sentenced in the County Court of Lancaster County, Nebraska, to 18 months of probation, and ordered to pay $4,811 in restitution, a $59 fine and $630 in fees, for theft by deception from the Lincoln-based union. He had pleaded no contest in May after being charged last December. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Council Treasurer in Washington State Sentenced

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William Hainsey has two major problems right now. And only one of them has to do with the money he took from his union. On July 18, Hainsey, formerly treasurer of National Veterans Affairs Council 249, an affiliate of the American Federation of Government Employees, was sentenced in Clark County (Wash.) Superior Court to 15 months in prison for stealing more than $45,000 in funds from the Vancouver, Wash.-based labor organization. He also was ordered to serve three years of probation and pay full restitution plus a $500 fine. Hainsey, out on bail since his arrest, had been charged back in August 2012, and pleaded guilty this March 20 following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards. The council represents about 10,000 employees in 12 local unions.

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