American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

Kansas City, Mo. AFGE Ex-President Pleads Guilty to Fraud

AFGE logoOn February 1, Kelley Dull, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 4094 in Kansas City, Mo. and AFGE Council 171 in Cleveland, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to one count of wire fraud in the amount of $32,118.66 against the Kansas City, Mo. local union. The guilty plea follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Louisiana AFGE Local President Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

AFGE logoOn January 20, John Wayne Walker, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2000, pleaded guilty in the State of Louisiana, 26th Judicial District Court, Parish of Bossier, to theft of funds from the Shreveport union. He then was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $16,057.75 in restitution and a $500 fine. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local Ex-President in Missouri Pleads Guilty to Fraud

AFGE logoOn December 15, Vicki Guynn, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1612, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to wire fraud in connection with theft from the Clever (near Springfield), Mo.-based union. The guilty plea follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General, and the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General.

New York City AFGE President Arrested for $100K+ in Thefts

AFGE logoUnion check forgery lives in New York City. On December 12, Federck Petro, former president of Local 2094 of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), was charged in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York with embezzling more than $100,000 in funds from the Manhattan-based local, which represents VA hospital employees. He was arrested three days later on December 15. The actions follow a joint probe by the Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General.

Iowa AFGE Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

AFGE logoAnn Kelly can be thankful she paid back what she took. On November 16, Kelly, formerly secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2814, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa to three years probation and six months home confinement for embezzling $33,296.28 in funds from the Council Bluffs union. She also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. The retired federal railroad inspector had pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud back in August for stealing the money during 2002-07 to pay off credit cards and help family members. Kelly pleaded for leniency, stating that she had paid the money back after dipping into her retirement savings. The sentencing follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former President of Cleveland AFGE Local Indicted

AFGE logoOn October 24, Victor Davis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3283, was indicted in the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas on one count of theft of union funds in an amount between $500 and $5,000. The local represents over 1,200 employees of the Cleveland office of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). The indictment follows a joint probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service.

Former Atlanta-Area AFGE President Charged with Theft

AFGE logoOn March 17, Richard Barnes, former president of Local 517 of the American Federation of Government Employees, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia with theft by deception in the amount of $14,024. The local represents employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in Decatur, Ga. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Denver AFGE Ex-Local President Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

AFGE logoAll things considered, Heather Lynn Grover is a lucky woman. The former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1557, pleaded guilty in Jefferson County, Colo. district court on April 27 to embezzling roughly $5,500 from the Lakewood-based union. That figure, if anything, was on the low side. She then was sentenced to a two-year diversion after which the felony charge may be reduced to a misdemeanor. AFGE Local 1557 represents about 140 employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Denver regional office.

AFGE Treasurer in South Carolina Indicted for Embezzlement

AFGE logoOn January 4, Fleisha Jackson, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1909, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina for embezzling $18,794.73 in union funds. The local represents employees at Fort Jackson Army Base. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Federal Employees Local Treasurer in Massachusetts Sentenced

AFGE logoAt least Stanley Barringer paid his union back early. Barringer, former vice president and acting treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3707, was sentenced on March 9 in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to one year probation and six months home confinement, and fined $2,000, for falsifying records to cover up his theft of $22,180 in union funds. He had pleaded guilty on November 18, ten days after being charged. AFGE Local 3707 represents civilian federal employees at Westover Joint Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

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