American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

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.

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.

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