American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

Chicago-Area Local AFGE Officials Indicted for Theft, Fraud

AFGE logoOn July 17, James Charleston, Jacquelyn Pugh-Rodgers and Mary Craigen, respectively, the former president, vice president and secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2107, each were indicted for embezzlement in an amount of more than $1,000 and two counts of mail fraud. The North Chicago, Ill. (Lake County) union represents employees of the North Chicago VA Medical Center. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

South Dakota AFGE Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

AFGE logoOn May 14, William Bilger, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3365, pleaded guilty in Pennington County, South Dakota District Court to petty theft in an amount greater than $400 and less than $1,000 from the Rapid City union. He then was sentenced to pay restitution of $2,137 within one year, plus all grand jury costs. The plea and sentencing follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Missouri AFGE Local President Sentenced for Embezzlement

AFGE logoOn April 10, Vicki Guynn, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1612, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to four months home confinement and three years probation for embezzling $16,081 in funds from the Clever (near Springfield) union. She pled guilty in December. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a joint investigation 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.

AFGE Local Secretary-Treasurer in North Carolina Indicted

AFGE logoOn February 20, Terry Wagner, formerly secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2923, was indicted in North Carolina Superior Court, County of Durham, for embezzling between $7,312 and $7,845 in funds from the Durham union. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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.

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